This article, which appeared in The Guardian, really caught my attention…
Bronnie Ware, a palliative nurse who has spent years caring for patients in the final 12 weeks of their lives, recorded the 5 most common regrets she heard.
I read this article and it made me think about going after your dreams of financial independence. It made me think of you.
Here they are the regrets in reverse order of frequency…
- Number 5: I wish I had let myself be happier.
- Number 4: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- Number 3: I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Ms. Ware says, “Many people
suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre
existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.
- Number 2: I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- Number 1: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of
me.” This was the most common regret of all…Most people had not honoured even a half of their
dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
What Do These Top 5 Regrets of the Dying Have to Do with Your Success?
Quite a bit actually…
- Number 5: Are you happy? If not, make a change. Take action. Stop hesitating. Do whatever
is necessary to let yourself by happy. Give yourself permission to pursue your own happiness.
Life really is too short.
- Number 4: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Usually this is because we move away
and we don’t have the time and money to travel and visit old friends.
- Number 3: Express your feelings. Many of us settle for a mediocre existence rather than become all
that we are truly capable of becoming. David Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation”.
If you’re angry about where you are now, go with that feeling. Honor it. Do something about it. That
anger…that dissatisfaction…is a valid emotion. Don’t stuff it down. Don’t deny it. Do something
- Number 2: I don’t think most people regret working too hard…I think they regret working too hard at
a job that’s not fulfilling.
- Number 1: Be true to yourself…not what others expect of you. Worrying about what others think..worry
about the doubters, the haters…gets in the way of so many dreams.
Look over the list. How many of these regrets will you have?
How many could you eradicate with MTTB?
To zero regrets,