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If Today were the Last Day of my Life

Recently, a family member of mine passed away. Not someone super close, but close enough to remember, cherish and ponder about. It’s funny I write about this again because last week as well I shared about Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. And here I am again with the same thoughts.

One of my favorite quote is by Steve Jobs –
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

And I’ve incorporated the same kind of thinking for the past few months. I use this question as a daily affirmation to remind myself of the fragility of life. Of really working on something that I can revere and be proud of. That includes these letters to you. And as a business coach, I believe this question should be asked more often by everyone. It allows us to refocus on the reality around us. And get away from societal expectations, the media hypes and bring our own thoughts forward. Because otherwise we get stuck with the usual money, fame, life drama.

This one question really pushes us to dive deeper into our own existence and understanding of the world to bring forth real original thinking. It makes us question the core of ourselves – what is it that we are going to contribute to the world. And I don’t mean it in a big fancy way to build Billion dollar companies, because I once used to day dream about doing that, but rather in a qualitative way. How many people would I be able to share my work with? Can I help them lead a better life? Can I bring more awareness in their and my own work? Can I create love in this world rather than the hate we see around us? Even if it’s among a group of friends.

The right question, at the right time can change the course of life.

It really centers you. Brings your Thoughts, Feelings and Actions in alignment.

Which in turn brings peace. Or at least closer to it.

Death truly is the biggest invention of life.

But more importantly, I would urge you to use this one tool to guide you through life every day and make it more intentional. It’s difficult but totally worthwhile.

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