It was 1958. He was 19 and a young Merchant seaman on the USS Vega crossing the Pacific Ocean. Lying on his bunkbed he read the book his Uncle Bill had given him. The book was about a man who got to the end of his life and was filled with regret. It was The Death of Ivan Ilyich.
The young man was profoundly moved by the man’s wasted life. He took out a pen and pad of paper and wrote the words, Dear Wayne, don’t die with your music still inside of you.
The young man was, of course, Wayne Dyer, who would go on to write 40 best-selling books with his first, Your Erroneous Zones, selling 35 million copies alone.
Despite a childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Wayne would become known as, ‘the father of motivation.’
His main message was that every person has the potential to live an extraordinary life. It’s possible for every person to manifest their deepest desires.
It’s coming up to the anniversary of Wayne Dyer’s death in August 3 years ago. Let’s remember his message and those words that he wrote as he lay on his bunkbed:
Don’t die with your music still inside of you.
What would I still do if I didn’t need to make money?
What would I do all day long even if I wasn’t being paid for it?
What MUST you do?
That’s probably your music.
Bring it out! All of it!
More Power to YOU,