This video was shot at Mercer Advisors annual client convention in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on April 29, 2011. Kendrick Mercer was invited to deliver the keynote speech.
For reasons that become apparent in the video below, two of Kendrick Mercer’s favorite quotes are:
"The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life that is required to be exchanged for it immediately or in the long run."
—Henry David Thoreau
"In a world where death is a hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts."
In 1972, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote The Journey to Ixtlan, a book about some of the lessons he learned when spending time in Mexico with his indigenous spiritual teacher, Don Juan. Reading that book reinforced his own insights and helped Kendrick move toward the following understanding.
“It isn't our money, it isn't our houses, it isn't our cars, it isn't anything like that, that's our most valuable possession. A lot of times we get busy in life and we really forget and disregard what our most valuable possession is. Our most valuable possession is the time we have left on the planet. Each of you, and me, we are going to die. We know no man who won’t, and we don't know what fate has in store. We're going to die and the time that we have between now and our death is the greatest asset we have.
“How do we use it? Are we wasting it? Are we spending it wastefully or are we really treasuring that time?
“One of the things Don Juan told Carlos Castaneda, he said, ‘Death is the hunter.’ Death is the hunter for each of us. In other words, it's right behind your shoulder and it's there and we don't know when any of us are going to go but with death as the hunter, as he said. I have the quote exactly that he said, ‘In a world where death is a hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.’
“Death is the hunter and the most valuable thing we have is time.”
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