Your eulogy will shape your career

I’m not sure if anybody has mentioned this to you lately, but you will die. What a morbid way to start a blog. My objective is not to depress you, but to inspire you to live your life with intention.

Starting with the end game in mind may provide you with some real insight in terms of what you want to contribute during your experience on this planet. We sometimes have this illusion of permanence and let the things we truly want to pursue slip away.

The Dalai Lama meditates on death daily. It provides him with context and a knowing that it may come to an end at any time. Nevertheless, let’s assume that you live to the ripe old age of 92.

What did your life look like? What did you do to fulfill your dreams? A good friend suggested to me that I sit down and write my eulogy, not necessarily from the point of view of my character, but from a work perspective. What did I do? Was I engaged and passionate and working for more than a pay check.

As Andrew Carnegie said: “The average person puts about 25 per cent of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes its hat off to those who put in more than 50 per cent of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100 per cent.”

It’s interesting, we plan our holidays, we plan our retirement, but do we plan for the way we are going to live our life, work our life, and commit to being hundies?

When one ruminates from the perspective of the end game one quickly realizes how important it is to follow the path of fulfillment. There are no second chances. This is not meant to be an exercise in hedonism, rather a map of the journey traveled.

Peek out of the casket and look around the room at your family, friends and work colleagues. How are they responding to the eulogizer? Are they nodding when the eulogizer says, “She followed her bliss and lived her life without regret.”

Give it ago because you don’t want the epitaph on your tombstone to say? “A woman with great potential.”

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