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Lessons from an entrepreneur after a near-death experience

Brian O'Connell

People who suffer near-death experiences come away with a brand new view of the world, one that emphasizes reflection and one that rejects negative energy.

It’s a good lesson for entrepreneurs, and one that is highly reinforced in a speech by Ric Elias, who had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down?

Elias, an entrepreneur who founded Internet sales powerhouse Red Ventures, asks a valid question. How would your life change if it was you on that flight, and would it change the way you raise your family, treat other people, and redirect the business goals in your life?

He particularly emphasizes stowing your ego away, never to see a crack of light again. He also says that, since the Flight 1549 experience, he no longer feels the need to be “right” all the time anymore.

A bonus: Elias says he’s never had a fight with his wife since the near-miss over the Hudson.

The video is called “Ric Elias: Three Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed” and it’s definitely worth a look.

You don't have to go through a near death experience to start asking yourself the tough questions about how you're living your life and running your business. 

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