Challenge: write your own obituary

January 22, 2018

This was my very FIRST blog post ever, back on November 1, 2017.  I am running it again because it captures the essence of Your Epic LIfe: what is YOUR legacy and what are you doing right now in the present moment to make it impactful?  Enjoy!


Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, was reading the newspaper one day.  He turned the page and discovered his own obituary!  His brother had died, and the newspaper published Alfred’s obituary by mistake.


The obituary read: “The merchant of death is dead.  Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.”


Wow - what a punch to the gut!  Not exactly how anyone would want to be remembered!


Nobel decided to do something about it and set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel Foundation, which annually bestows international awards in recognition of cultural and scientific advances.  Today, Nobel is not remembered as the merchant of death, but as the creator of the Nobel Prizes, and, consequently, as a great humanitarian. Having read his obituary while he was still alive gave him the opportunity to change his legacy.


Writing your own obituary is a thought provoking, worthwhile exercise that can produce very positive outcomes. 


I challenge you to write your own obituary


Write it as a true account of your life so far, then ask yourself these questions:  

  • If I died today, would I die happy?

  • Am I happy with the legacy that I’m creating?

  • What’s missing from my life?

  • What do I need to do in order for my obituary to be “complete”?

Then, write a second obituary - an account of your most Epic Life.  A life of 'no regrets' - all of the things you wish you had done with your life.


What luck!  This is your 2nd act, your priceless opportunity to take life by the hand and start living!  Imagine Your Epic Life every morning before getting out of bed and every night before closing your eyes.  Stay on top of this blog because we are on the path to transforming your life into your 'no regrets' 2nd act.




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