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Seun Tuyo: Live Full & Die Empty



Have you ever heard, read or seen something that stuck with you from the outset and changed your attitude towards life?

A few weekends ago I attended a meeting with the Eagle Toastmasters and I heard something that had a huge impact on me. A brilliant speaker announced the title of his speech as “Live full and die empty”.
For a brief moment, I was puzzled at what the phrase could possibly mean. Maybe you have heard it before but that was a first for me and so I paid attention. Glad I did because it was an eye-opener for me.

He delivered a great speech with the key message been that everyone is filled with potentials. Unfortunately, some people die without fully bringing these potentials to life. They die full.

At the end of that speech, I knew I wanted to die empty. All through that day, my mind went through a fairly significant examination of my life generally, career, family, finances, and where it was all headed.

Everyone has a period of existence on earth as well as a unique purpose. We all have incredible abilities and potentials irrespective of our sex, race, religion and ethnicity. We all want to leave a legacy that is the closest interpretation of who we are and what we are capable of. However, some people do not go the extra mile to empty themselves in this quest. They settle for comfort and excuses over total commitment and hard work. They never reach the heights they are destined for. This can be attributed to complacency, lack of discipline, discouragement, lack of exposure and fear of the unknown.

I read an article by Geraldine Ogwe titled Things I Hope Never to Do Before I Die’, where the author listed a few interesting things she hoped never to do before she died and there after posed the question to the readers. The responses were interesting. I couldn’t help but wonder how many people were actually working towards what they mentioned as theirs. Regardless of what your response is to that question, there is an instinctive recognition that you have not achieved that goal. The difference in who you are and what you want to be, is what you do.

Take a moment, shut your eyes, inhale and exhale. Ask yourself, are you living up to your full potential? What has been your greatest achievement in the last week? What do you need to accomplish this week? What have you been avoiding that needs to get done? What are your goals for the next 3 years? Have any of your recent actions moved you closer to these goals? What are you most grateful for? If you knew you only had one week to live, how would you spend your time? Are you emptying yourself each day? What are you holding back? Why are you holding back?

The reality of this is that you will die someday. However, when you die, will you die full of all your ideas, dreams and aspirations or will you die empty? Will you have any regrets on your deathbed? The choice is yours.

Eventually your life will be measured by what you gave, and not so much as what you received. Give towards building a lifetime you will be proud of today, as tomorrow is only an unfulfilled wish. This way, you can go to bed satisfied everyday that you emptied yourself, and in the end, you would have lived a life full of contentment and empty of regrets.

Inspired by Todd Henry, I ask you this “Where is the most valuable land in the world?” You are probably thinking some place in Africa with rich natural resources like many other people are. How about the graveyard? It is filled with people who have been buried with their dreams unfulfilled. Think about it, many unwritten books, unutilized talents and skills, unfinished paintings, ideas that never came alive, businesses that never started, conversations that never held, grudges that never disappeared, relationships that were never repaired.

Look into the excuses and make that move. In the end, the hope is to die…. empty…without regrets.

Carpe Diem!

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | Birgit Reitz-hofmann

Seun Tuyo is interested in social development. She loves to interact with people and has a desire to make a profound and positive impact around the world. She suffers moments of weaknesses at the sight of a cold bottle of Coca-cola and Chocolates. Feel free to reach her on twitter and instagram @seuntuyo.


  1. chika

    November 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Nice one

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you Chika

  2. Geraldine Ogwe

    November 6, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    “She suffers moments of weaknesses at the sight of a cold bottle of Coca-cola and Chocolates”. You are one funny but brilliant writer. I am inspired by your article.

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Geraldine, you are an amazing writer as well, i will refrain from my impulsive “See it, like it, buy it” syndrome.

  3. uncle gee

    November 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Good read…food for thot

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Uncle Gee

  4. Isioma

    November 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Great write up. It was a wake up call for me.

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Glad you found it useful Isioma, Thank you

  5. Bryce Edem

    November 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Nice. Keep the ink flowing. And keep communication live.

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks, Bryce.

  6. Andrew Johnson

    November 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Nice article. Really true that the graveyard is the most valuable land

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thank You Andrew.

  7. okhumhale freda

    November 6, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Very impacting…..kip it up girl

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you Freda

  8. Okaro

    November 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you,for you just wrote this piece specially for me.

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Thank you, Okaro

  9. namesake

    November 6, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you Seun, emptying one’s self is the way to go. Because when you die, all that you contained becomes useless.

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      I couldn’t agree more namesake.

  10. flora

    November 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Great write up! I loved it. Great thoughts wish you the best. I loved the details gives one food for thought. .

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you Flora

  11. Clementine

    November 6, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    Thumbs up Seun! Great food for thought for all. Well done keep it up.

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you for reading Clementine

  12. Yumzz

    November 6, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    This definitely resonates with me… I need to stop holding myself back.

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Yea Yumzz, i struggle everyday to empty myself as much as i can, thank you for reading.

  13. folayemi

    November 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Some articles are too hard to follow but I always look out for your’s. I love your style of writing. Captivating! I must / will die empty!

    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you Folayemi, i appreciate your kind words.

  14. TOLU

    November 7, 2014 at 9:38 am


    • Seun Tuyo

      November 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you Tolu

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