Brian J. Dyson

Businessman, Former CEO of Coca-Cola Enterprises

"Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. "

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them Ė work, family, health, friends and spirit Ö and youíre keeping all of these in the air.

You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls Ė family, health, friends and spirit Ė are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or evenshattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for Balance in your life.


Donít undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special.

Donít set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.

Donít take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Donít let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.

Donít give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Donít be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each together.

Donít be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

Donít shut love out of your life by saying itís impossible to find time. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings!

Donít run through life so fast that you forget not only where youíve been, but also where you are going.

Donít forget, a personís greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

Donít be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Donít use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

Georgia Tech
Sept. 6th, 1996

Posted on: 09.18.2010

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