4 Reasons Why You Should Get Busy Living and not Busy Dying

Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying
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If you are not busy with your life, then you are not making progress. Those who are engaged in pursuing their dreams are always busy and focused.

But also being busy does not necessarily mean you are being progressive. What you want in life is being busy for the right reasons and doing, the right things.

Getting busy living means being focused on achieving your goals. Doing everything in your power to ensure that you achieve your life’s purpose.

Taking action and putting things in place that will help you achieve your goals to the fullest is what it means to get busy living.

Getting busy living is a personal decision. No one will make the decision for you. It is entirely up to you to make the choice either to get busy living or get busy dying.

Don’t dwell so much on the negatives, otherwise, you will be discouraged. Instead, concentrate on the positive things to help you stay focused and motivated.

There are many things you do every day that are positive and worth dwelling on. If your current conditions do not allow you to express yourself create a more conducive environment for yourself, to thrive in and succeed. 

Here are some reasons why getting busy living is preferable to getting busy dying.

Life is Short

Time is a limited resource, and none of us knows how much we have. Getting busy living entails making the most of the time we have, pursuing our passions, and creating meaningful experiences.

Remember life is all about experiences. The better the experiences the better the life we lead.

The best we can do is to try and utilise and make good of the time we have on our hands. Life is too short, so savour every moment you have.

Do the things that need to be done in the time that you have. Otherwise, you may live to regret not having done them. Make every effort and do not let chance pass you by.

Make the most of every opportunity that comes your way to do the right thing—knowing that humanity is all about service.

Always go the extra mile and not just what is required of you. Doing extra will also improve your reliability and in business increases your value.

People always want to be associated with people who are reliable. They want to work with someone they can rely on. 

Make the decision to live a happy life and remind yourself every day about it. This will help you stay focused on being happy.

Yes, negative things will come your way, but your mind will be more focused on the positives. There is something about making decisions. It makes you feel responsible for the outcome.

Personal Growth

When we get busy living, we challenge ourselves to learn and grow. We push ourselves out of our comfort zones and develop new skills, which can lead to personal growth and self-improvement.

The main benefit of pursuing our goals is personal growth. You will experience personal growth when you are focused on achieving your life’s purpose and not when you are busy dying.

This personal growth can be incredibly rewarding. It opens up many facets of our lives. Personal growth is what you as a human being should aim for. It should be your deliberate personal policy.

However, personal development does not come easy. It needs your full attention and endurance for it to be achieved and even then it is a continuous process.

There is never a stop to personal development and self-improvement. Every achievement propels you to pursue even more and greater goals. The more you achieve the more you want to achieve.

Every attempt you make to pursue your goals is a contribution to your personal growth. Every achievement is a motivation for the next challenge.

So it doesn’t matter if you fail on your first attempt. At least you will have learnt what not to do or what needs improvement.

The thing is to never give up but to continue to rise and keep trying until you succeed. Remember there is no success without failure.

Connections or Relationships

When we get busy living, we have more opportunities to connect with others who share our interests and passions. 

Building meaningful relationships can bring joy, support, and fulfilment to our lives. I believe that relationships are key to the survival of humanity as a whole.

We are a social species. Humanity thrives better on good relationships. The more meaningful connections you create the easier it becomes to pursue your dreams.

You will realise that most of the things we do come down to enhancing or creating new connections.

We thrive more especially when we have a good support system or network looking after our back. 

If you have good strong relationships your mind is more at peace. A peaceful mind allows you to explore your talents to the max.

It allows you to show the world what you are made of, more freely without holding back. Look, when you know that people have your best interests at heart, believe me, not even the sky is the limit.


“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfilment of its destiny.” –  Colin Powell

Pursuing our goals and passions can bring a sense of purpose and fulfilment to our lives. When we are engaged in activities that we enjoy and are passionate about, we feel more alive and fulfilled.

When we are fulfilled we contribute more to humankind. We become the solution to the world. The feeling of fulfilment cannot be replaced with anything. It is just on another level.


Overall, getting busy living means taking action and pursuing a life that is meaningful and fulfilling. It can help us make the most of our time, grow as individuals, connect with others, and find purpose and fulfilment in our lives.

It’s a reminder to live our lives to the fullest and not let fear, regret, or complacency hold us back.