This post was spurred buy the recent release of Gatorade’s wonderful tribute ad to Derek Jeter. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it below.
The ad stood out to me immediately because the soundtrack of the execution is one of my favorite songs of all time, “My Way,” and easily my favorite Sinatra song. More, much more than this, it reminded me of what I like to refer to as, the soundtrack of my career. I pulled a couple key lines from every verse to truly emphasize the deep impact of this song.
Verse 1 – Set the Stage
“I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full”
Verse 2 – Looking Back
“Regrets, I’ve had a few,
But then again, too few to mention”
Verse 3 – Facing Adversity
“But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out”
Verse 4 – No Regrets
“I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried,
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing”
Verse 5 – My Way (entire verse)
“For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught,
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels,
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!”
The reason I listen to this song often is to make sure I’m staying true to myself and my own personal soundtrack. I believe many people spend far too much time living the life others set out for us. I really don’t care what you do or what your pursuit is, just make sure you don’t lose yourself in the process.
Let this song be a reminder to be respectful, but also true to yourself and what you believe
ACTION ITEM: There is a famous quote I’ll share with you as I believe it relates to what Frank is saying to us all.
“If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs”