A common assignment that High School teachers & College Professors give is to write a paper or give a speech as if it were your last one on earth. What would you say?
It causes us to examine our current day-to-day living and activities at a deeper level.
It forces you to dissect your moment to moment thoughts and actions.
On my desk, I have two index cards taped above my monitor. One says “Is THIS bringing me closer to my financial and LIFESTYLE goals?” I glance at it throughout the day, and it's my way to make sure that I'm spending my “Computer Butt” time wisely.
If you've ever heard me talk on a podcast or teleseminar about goals – you know I'm very adamant about setting lifestyle goals along with your financial and business goals. Of the two, the lifestyle goals are much much more important in my humble opinion.
I can't imagine laying on my deathbed counting the pennies that I've earned like Ebeneezer Scrooge. I know that I will be counting the memories with my kiddos, my wonderful husband, my family & friends, and my amazing mother.
On that note, Professor Randy Pausch was asked to give a “Last Lecture” speech at Carnegie Mellon. You may have heard of it, because it was, in fact, his last lecture. He had pancreatic cancer and was given 3-6 months to live prior to writing the speech. So, his last lecture speech caught the attention of many.
Here's a quick recap for those who are in a hurry.
If you have time for the entire video, here it is:
While it may be depressing (and it is) to think about, whether you watch it or not, I hope you'll think about your last lecture and your last moments on earth and make sure that your actions today are bringing you towards your financial goals, but — also making wonderful memories.
PS. Mom, thanks for our chat last night and for the years of quiet memories behind closed doors where no one could see but you and me. Love you!