“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
— Steve Jobs
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”
— Gandalf, in JRR Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings
We all face challenges. If we had been born 100 or 200 years ago it would have been no different. And it is in the choices that we make that we decide the future, and what kind of person we will become.
Chapter 4 of Inner Leadership contains tools for identifying the best way forward for you and committing to follow that path.
We are not just human beings, we are human becomings.