Last week, Dave Goldberg, beloved Silicon Valley founder and CEO of SurveyMonkey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, suddenly died.
He was 47.
Little has been said about his death, but read through his Facebook page and you hear from many people he touched the stories of his life.
You see whether it be as a leader in business, as a friend, or just in his company, he was a man who brought a spark to those around him.
He was adored.
I met Dave only once, last year at a charity poker tournament that he and Sheryl hosted at their home in Menlo Park.
Dave was a top poker player and you could see in this room surrounded by poker pros and his friends he was in his element.
After I quickly burned through my chips, wandering around their home I came across a large-scale wall of digital photos of him, Sheryl, and the family, where I stood for a good fifteen minutes enjoying watching their fun memories.
We all die, but how many of us truly live?
Dave truly lived!
When lives are taken so suddenly and at such a young age, we ask, “Why?”
Every day we are lucky to be here, we are all living on borrowed time.
Theologian Robert H. Smith wrote, “The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop.”
If time were to stop ticking for you today, how would you feel about your life?
If you knew you only had five more years of ticks, what are the things that you would now do differently?