One of my journalism classes in college included an exercise require each student to write her own obituary. There were plenty of discussions about what makes a life interesting and worth more than a few lines on the obits page. The goal was to learn to write an obituary, but the class seemed to conclude that we first needed to learn to write a death notice for all those people who didn’t seem to warrant anything longer.
College kids are generally jerks, I’ve since decided. But the underlying question is an important one: How should you live your life? What’s good enough?
It’s a question that’s obviously been on Colin Wright’s mind as well. This summer, he released Act Accordingly. It’s a shortish ebook, weighing in at 78 pages, in line with the core message.
You have exactly one life in which to do everything you will ever do. Act accordingly.
It’s a reality that most of us need to be reminded of on a regular basis. We set our priorities and work hard, but do we really spend time on what we truly want to accomplish? I’m not talking about setting up things so that our lives are easy and neither is Wright. We need challenges to keep things interesting and to keep from stagnating. But we do need to focus, preferably on something we’d prefer to be known for and that we personally enjoy.
The book is a fast read. I recommend it, especially if you need a reminder of what you really want to be doing with your day.