I stumbled across an amazing story online today that really “hit home”
A palliative nurse, who has counselled the dying in their last day, has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives.
Here’s a brief and quick rundown of the story of the Top Five Regrets of The Dying…
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered a lot of attention.
This massive attention eventually led to a book she wrote called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” which contains all of her observations in detail.
Now your probably wondering..
WHY the answers really resonated with me on some REAL levels.
First I’m going to share the answers that really kicked me in the face.
Here are just a few of Top Five Regrets of The Dying:
1.I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
DThis was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back with complete clarity on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.
2.I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.DD
There’s always a desire to have loosened up a bit more with this one and the realization that financial success or career accomplishment doesn’t necessarily equal a fulfilled life.
3.I wish I had taken more risks.DD
Everyone has their own idea of what’s “risky”, but most people are living too much in their comfort zone. Most people seem to feel like they missed out on a lot of adventure life has to offer
4.I wish I had followed my passion in life.DD
It’s way too easy to be seduced by a stable salary, a solid routine and a comfortable life, but at what expense?
5.I wish I had traveled more.
This is something anyone can do and can be done at any age, but most will talk themselves out of it. For reasons such as lack of money, mortgage, children etc.
The answers honestly blew me away.
You know why?
Because I happen to be fortunate enough to have already overcome the top “regrets” that these elderly people have.
Before I explain..
I want to take you guys back to the very recent past with me for a second.
About 4 years ago..I was working the “corporate” and “stable” lifestyle in an I.T job.
My life consisted of nothing but going to work from 9-5, and just hoping that at the end of the year, my boss would resign my contract and I would be “nice and stable” for another year.
I did this for 4 years..
I wasn’t able to plan my life on contract…
I had literally no vacation, and if I wanted time off, it was without pay..
At this point I had actually never even been on a plane in my life.
I was barley getting paid enough to cover my living expenses and bills.
I was stuck.
I was working a job that I wasn’t passionate about, trading my time for money, while building someone else’s dream.
Let’s fast forward to October 14th, 2012.
I was introduced to the world of Internet Marketing.
I had no experience online previous to that date..
All I had was a passion and desire to create a better life for myself..and to eventually help others do the same.
You see, one thing that I’ve always had (that most people don’t), was an open mind.
I KNEW that there were people out there getting massive results, living their dream, whatever that meant for them.
And at that very moment…
I made a DECISION that I was going to take control of my own life, and create an income online.
..Because it would allow me to actually live my dream lifestyle, it would allow me to retire my parents, travel the world, and make a huge difference in peoples lives.
Let’s fast forward one more time…
..To this present moment, as I am typing this blog post.
I am now a full-time Internet Marketer, Entrepreneur.
I have traveled to the Dominican Republic, Chicago, Denver, and I just got back from Orlando, Florida :)
I have been able to not only replace my full-time income online, but actually help others do the exact same thing.
Now you will never hear me say that it was easy, because it wasn’t. It took a lot of work, drive, passion and consistency to reach this level of success online.
So no, I’m not saying it’s easy.
I’m simply saying…
It’s worth it.
Now that you know a little bit about my life over the past 4 years, you can understand why Top Five Regrets of The Dying had such an impact on me..
Enough to inspire this entire blog post.
Now let’s take one more look at those regrets from the elders.
“I wish I had taken more risks”
If it wasn’t for my ability to take risks, I would have never even invested a penny in my online education (I will provide you with a link to the same education products and tools I use later in this post)
“I wish I had followed my passion in life. “
That one decision that I made, that one risk I took to invest in myself, has allowed me to do the things in life that I am truly passionate about.
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
I had a lot of people in my life telling me I couldn’t do it, and insisting that I should stay at my “secure” job because it’s the “normal” thing to do. But I knew that I was meant for something bigger, that I couldn’t just settle for a life that everyonewants me to have because it makes them happy.
“I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
This is something that I am truly grateful for, because I know how hard most people work and it usually lasts their entire lifetime. Leveraging the Internet to create a business has allowed me to have more time to do the things I love than I thought possible. We live in the most abundant time ever, and with the Internet, it open’s up a lot of doors for young Entrepreneurs like myself.
“I wish I had traveled more.”
Like I mentioned earlier, before I started this journey into online entrepreneurship, I’d never been on a plane, or really traveled anywhere. This year alone I have been on 6 different trips, and will be living in Medellin, Columbia by the end of this year.
Building a business online has given me the convenience of being able to live anywhere in the world. Well, anywhere in the world that has Wifi :)
Conclusion on “Top Five Regrets of The Dying”
I am simply grateful for having the open mind necessary get me to where I am today. Most people spend their whole lives wishing, and staring the solution right in the face without even knowing it.
Take more risks, and follow your gut instincts in life.
For too long, I would “hit the breaks” on everything my gut told me to do, and everything my instincts told me was right.
Live a life without regrets, no matter what it takes.
Actually, I can tell you exactly what it takes to control of your life..
I takes 2 things:
1) Self Education
2) Massive Action
Let’s hear some of YOUR thoughts on the Top Five Regrets of The Dying...
Do you think you will have any regrets? Are you doing everything you can possibly do to live life to the fullest?
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