90% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions don’t keep them,
and half of those fail by January 31st.
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When I was 17, a teacher
challenged us to write our own obituary.
It was so
unnerving to write a paper titled "Glenn Shepard's Obituary"
that I confused obituary with epitaph, and came up with this:
Here lie the earthly remains of Glenn Shepard.
with passion, and died with grace.
Because he was here, the
world is a better place.
later when Stephen Covey’s best-selling book “The 7 Habits of
Highly Effective People” came out, I read the second habit
(Begin with the End in Mind) and finally understood. The teacher
was trying to get us to write a mission statement for our lives.
Ever since then, I’ve
begun each New Year by looking back at all the public faces that
died the previous year.
Being reminded that even people
who seem “Bigger than Life” can’t escape death gives me an extra
kick in the seat of the pants to make the New Year count.
The 2016 list includes:
Both of my parents also died in 2016, within
a month of each other.
Whether you're the world's
biggest celebrity, or just the guy next door trying to get by,
the key to a successful life can
be summed up in 7 simple words:
Live your life WITH purpose,
Forget about making all those
New Year’s Resolutions you’re not going to keep anyway. Just
make the commitment that you'll spend every day of 2017 “on
When it’s time to work, work. Leave your home
life at home and be a professional.
When it’s time to
relax, relax. Leave your work life at work and make quality time
with your family, your friends, or by yourself, real quality
On 12/31/17, you’ll look back with a sense of
satisfaction and pride of accomplishment, instead of “wondering
where the year went”.
Happy New Year from Nashville,
If you’ve never done it, I challenge
you to write your own epitaph. It’ll depress you at first, but
then it’ll make you come alive like nothing you’ve ever done
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