Don't Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last | Leana Delle | TEDxMountainViewCollege

  • Published on Jan 10, 2017
  • In this fast-paced world filled with high expectations and a wealth of distractions, is it really practical or realistic to “live each day as though it’s your last?” This talk will explore the age-old advice, challenge its wisdom and argue for a better alternative - one that may actually be more motivating.

    Leanne Delle is an RN, speaker, podcast co-host and author of the Amazon Bestselling novel "Control Switch." She completed her studies in creative writing at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she is an alumna of their New York seminar. Originally from Canada, she became an American citizen in 2009 and is proud to write and stack her books permanently in The Big D.
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Comments • 163

  • Jonathan Cheok
    Jonathan Cheok 16 days ago

    Well the thing was Steve Jobs was a really obsessive person that I think really loved what he did. So if he were to ask himself that question it would be a no brainer for him to go to Apple and work on changing the world.

  • Jax Tan
    Jax Tan 19 days ago

    Tomorrow is not promised. Live your life today

  • Sam Hijazi
    Sam Hijazi Month ago

    Amazing and thank you, indeed.

  • Rr Ss
    Rr Ss Month ago

    Excuse me..."RN"? With a degree in Creative Writing? from SMU? Well, anyway, she has a point: live every day as if you will live forever. Then you may be assured of croaking tomorrow (the gods have to have their little jokes).

  • peter garrison
    peter garrison 2 months ago

    K.... So i guess everybody here is Benjimin Button

  • Sharon Watson
    Sharon Watson 2 months ago

    We get so numb in life from “doing the necessary” and “juggling/coping with the stresses”! This presentation is incredible and definitely “food for thought”. Let each of us live it’s message and share it with others!

  • Pandaplutten
    Pandaplutten 2 months ago

    That is to assume that there will be a tomorrow

  • balbinder bains
    balbinder bains 2 months ago

    if this were your first day youll be in the womb

  • balbinder bains
    balbinder bains 2 months ago

    goddam i give her one or two what a woman

  • Carol Fulkerson
    Carol Fulkerson 4 months ago

    If you can't afford life, you should be able to opt out.

  • Christ Bible Fellowship

    She don't understand the saying... To he point is, #1 don't let fear or other people's opinions or small stuff get in the way of living how you want. Being aware that today could be the last should cause people to focus on the important things.

  • Torrance Jordan
    Torrance Jordan 4 months ago

    First rather than last 💯

  • Palma Mingozzi
    Palma Mingozzi 4 months ago

    Every day is a gift.

  • thevampire diaries
    thevampire diaries 4 months ago +3

    Although beautiful speech she took the meaning of that quote very literally..The quote means that you should live to the fullest

  • Brian Schill
    Brian Schill 4 months ago +1

    A wonderful and inspiring talk, which is in itself great reason to listen to it.

  • Anemone
    Anemone 4 months ago

    But I think Steve job loved what he’s doing that’s why :/ he’d not regret working on his last day

  • whitfield wu
    whitfield wu 4 months ago +5

    If live your everyday like last day is impossible, then first day is also impossible.

  • doggone
    doggone 4 months ago

    What charity shop did she buy that reject outfit from? what a fuckin mess.

  • S Loza
    S Loza 4 months ago +1

    Love it. I’ve always thought the same thing.

  • Ali jan gillani
    Ali jan gillani 4 months ago

    I am not agree with you because
    I tell you the reason
    Last day means pay full attention to your life and do that thinngs you never do before like if you have a Job but you go to office with sadness you have to go with happiness and say hi to everyone and work happily help people and do such thinngs you never do before in a positive way not in a negative way
    We all die some day but we have Faith we can make our plans and many much more things because we have Faith in Allah God

  • merrycrisis
    merrycrisis 4 months ago

    Incredible speech. She's very well spoken too.

  • Jess Reinold
    Jess Reinold 4 months ago

    What a fantastic talk.

  • Dawn Schnack
    Dawn Schnack 5 months ago

    My mirror cracked at 56 for me

  • Linda Spontak
    Linda Spontak 5 months ago

    Be less philosophical??????? :D YES!!!!!!!!!!!

  • J Liz
    J Liz 5 months ago

    Live each day as it was your first😇❤️truth is so simple wow 😎

  • mary moreno
    mary moreno 5 months ago +1

    loved this talk

  • Sonia Murillo
    Sonia Murillo 5 months ago


  • מקס מלכיאל
    מקס מלכיאל 5 months ago +4

    Urgency causes stress.

  • james mcconnon
    james mcconnon 5 months ago +1

    If I lived every day as if it was my last, I'd be unemployed within a week, and right within a month.

  • Gabriela Macena
    Gabriela Macena 5 months ago +2

    What a beautiful and impactful way to see life.

  • Gina Greenlee
    Gina Greenlee 5 months ago

    LOVE her skirt.

  • Joann Oriol
    Joann Oriol 5 months ago +1

    I don't think that saying means, live like you are dying today. I think it means stop wasting time. Just my opinion 🤔

  • Faylyn Hillier
    Faylyn Hillier 5 months ago +3

    I feel like someday I will look back on this as the thing that changed my life for the better.

  • Simon Xue
    Simon Xue 5 months ago

    What a fantastic speaker and great message!

  • ping chen
    ping chen 5 months ago +5

    last or first, neither is to be taken too literally! its about having clarity about the preciousness and purpose of life, or keeping fresh eyes and being curious...good point in both. however, i dont think neither is actually enough for awakening to clarity. sorry to say this, but i think its a bit too dramatic , her “maxing out credit cards , flirting with french guys”. good way to make a speech, but sincerely mean it? of cos last stage cancer patient arent able to accomplish any big things, same as none of the newborn babies have any idea how to take a step! come on now..

  • Deborah COnabree
    Deborah COnabree 5 months ago +5

    Thank you so much for your perspective. I have been trying to live my life as if its my last day and it really is very depressing, nothing on the agenda seems meaningful enough. It creates a terrible sense of dis everything. So thanks so much. You ve helped me.

    • Robert222 Lewis
      Robert222 Lewis 3 months ago

      yea basically thinkin like its my last day only stresses me the fuk out =(

  • Teal Malia
    Teal Malia 5 months ago +2

    live as if it's your last day isn;t practical for most, bc most are living on autopilot. the depression that Leana's friend had for 180 days was almost like a purging. afterwards, she started really living, more than before the diagnosis.

  • Go Jump
    Go Jump 5 months ago

    Great TedTalk presentation. Can’t help but laugh that there’s a student in the audience at 13:15 who appears to be multitasking, perhaps studying? Lol

  • Cali Dreams
    Cali Dreams 5 months ago

    Live everyday like it’s the first or last. Both have the same meaning. Each day is a gift so don’t take it for granted. Treasure and make each day the best it can possibly be. The past is already gone, the future unknown, so the most important is the present moment. It doesn’t mean you forget the past or not plan for the future, it means the journey may be more important than the destination.

  • Timothy Smith
    Timothy Smith 5 months ago +3

    Nice! This is what is referred to in Zen as "beginner's mind", or "shoshin" in Japanese.

  • Heidi Mckerihan
    Heidi Mckerihan 5 months ago +2

    Beautiful outstanding idea! Anything that is the beginning, is surely going to be much more exciting than. ...The last! Wonderful lady for giving out a life changing thought! Love it!

  • Christina Bernat
    Christina Bernat 5 months ago +17

    Actually a brilliant talk. Makes so much sense - refreshing!

  • Velma Hamberlin
    Velma Hamberlin 5 months ago +1

    Live each day like it's your first

    PAULNE UGBIYOBO 5 months ago +1

    I agree with starting afresh everyday

    PAULNE UGBIYOBO 5 months ago

    You can change a doctor's diagnosis with prayers and your decrees read the bible Jesus is the answer.

    PAULNE UGBIYOBO 5 months ago +2

    Anyone saved and heaven bound will say live everyday as your last. The fear comes from not knowing where you will end read the bible.

  • MegaSkills9
    MegaSkills9 5 months ago +1

    The expression only means "Enjoy each day and don't miss an opportunity to do something great." In other words "Don't be afraid to do something that you would finally do, if you only had a day left to live." Nobody actually lives that way 100%. Planning for short term as well as long term things is part of every persons daily life. The old saying is not meant to take so literally.

  • bowaconstricta
    bowaconstricta 5 months ago +2

    I find it amusing some in the comment section saying they've always disliked the expression "Live each day as though it were your last, saying it's a cliché. Wile I agree, all this nice lady's basically saying is "Today is the first day, of the rest of my life..." hmmm now where have I heard that before ? ;-)

  • Jim Simpson
    Jim Simpson 5 months ago +3

    Live each day as if it was your first, not your last. I wish I could give this lady a million thumbs up.

      LEANA DELLE 5 months ago +1

      Jim Simpson You just did. ☺️ Thanks, Jim.

  • Nickel Chrome
    Nickel Chrome 5 months ago

    Life is short, especially at the end.

  • Kenny Ethan Jones
    Kenny Ethan Jones 5 months ago +2

    It crazy what a change of perspective can help you achieve, clarity.

  • Manuel Garcia
    Manuel Garcia 5 months ago

    Lazy! 😂

  • Bancroft Boreland
    Bancroft Boreland 5 months ago +1

    Thank you Leana. Very interesting talk. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

      LEANA DELLE 5 months ago

      Thank you, Bancroft! I appreciate your comment.

  • Joyce Ma
    Joyce Ma 5 months ago

    great talk

  • cristobal cardenas valenzuela

    i'd like that philosophy ;)

  • Alex Bratu
    Alex Bratu 5 months ago +2

    I am really glad that i found this in such harsh times. Your warmth touched me and my mum. Thank you !

      LEANA DELLE 5 months ago

      And your message, in turn, has touched me.

  • I.P. Knightly
    I.P. Knightly 5 months ago +7

    The doctor gave me 6 months to live. I told him I couldn't afford the bill so he gave me a year.

  • saso 10
    saso 10 5 months ago +1

    That is why talks sourcing from TEDx with an X h (as opposed to TED) have no value.

  • Hui Lin
    Hui Lin 5 months ago +8

    Wow, she seems like a genuinely good person.

  • lorrane
    lorrane 5 months ago +3

    I thank you for this beautiful talk.

    • Plumpest Pigeon
      Plumpest Pigeon 5 months ago

      @LEANA DELLE Yes, thankyou. You voiced my feelings. I felt like everywhere I turned people were cautioning "Live as if it's your last" and it only made me feel anxiety and discontentment. Your positive approach suits me, and thank you for sharing the experience of your dear friend.

      LEANA DELLE 5 months ago +1

      You're more than welcome.