Sir Ray Avery, entrepreneur and author of Rebel With A Cause, says it’s as easy as counting your days.“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.”
He’s 65. So he’s “got about 5,625 days to live.” Then he just works backward to plan.
“For me, I can reverse engineer my life to achieve much more than you guys. Every day I do a chart on what I’ve achieved and where I want to be. And it makes you scary-as-shit clever,” Avery said. “So think about that. You’ve got 30,000 days and the clock is ticking.”
Mind-blowingly simple yet it makes so much sense.
Nine minutes in to his famous Stanford commencement speech Steve Jobs discussed the importance he placed on thinking about death during life:
“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.”
And scientists agree he’s on to something. Thinking about death really does help us prioritise and be better people.
Candy Chang gave an inspirational TED talk about a project that asked people to finish the sentence: “Before I die I want to…”
I’d love to write more but I’ve got less than 20,000 days left. So much to do…
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