Wow! What a ride!

In the Spring of 2005, I was on a business trip in the Denver, Colorado area. I met with a business owner who I was trying to get as a client. This person was a highly motivated and successful business owner who had several motivational quotes framed in the office. One in particular really jumped out at me and I scribbled it down in my notebook:

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well-preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting “Geronimo!”

I’ve tried to verify who the author of this quote is. Some have attributed this quote to Bill McKenna, a professional motorcycle racer, in Cycle Magazine in February of 1982.

I’ve recently learned, however, that the original quote is different. The original quote is actually from Hunter S. Thompson from his book Gonzo.

Here is the original quote by Thompson:

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a Ride!”

It’s a great quote for entrepreneurs, physicians, small business owners, and, especially, Christians.

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