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Imagine Your Funeral!

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

In Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, he mentions a concept that can help you find your awesomeness: “People are working harder than ever, but because they lack clarity and vision, they aren’t getting very far. They, in essence, are pushing a rope with all of their might.” He says, “Begin with the end game in mind.”

His is a business-oriented book, so you would think the end game would be what you do with your business when you get older. Do you want to go public, sell it, have your children run it, or let it fold when you stop working? But that’s not what he’s writing about. He means how do you want people to remember you? What do you want people to say at your funeral?

A friend of mine lost his 20-something son in a car accident. At the funeral, all the eulogies were about how he had made skateboarding cool again; skateboard this and skateboard that. I heard nothing about how he treated his brothers, his relationship with his father, anything he did to help other people. I felt sad that nobody said anything about him unless it had to do with a skateboard. It was like a shock to my system that we could live our whole life and accomplish almost nothing.

This observation made me think about what I wanted people to say about me at my funeral. I didn’t want to be known as the equivalent of a guy who made skateboarding cool again.

Can you imagine going to a funeral and hearing only eulogies about how the person amassed great wealth? Hearing about how many cars and houses they owned and how many vacations they took would be ridiculous.

Living life imagining what people will say about you at your funeral is a game changer.

I realized that I needed to change my perspective from “Everything is about me” to “I want to help others whenever I can.” I decided that I wanted to help as many people as possible and be a beacon of light to anyone I encountered.

One of my favorite sayings is “It’s our job to change the world, not let the world change us.”

When you live life focused on others and less on yourself, you will find that you have much more energy to accomplish things and be more awesome. You can be the person who makes everyone around you feel great about themselves. You can be the person who lives with meaning and purpose. You can be the person who wakes up with a fire in your belly to make the world a better place. Do you know how I know you have that potential? Because you are reading this blog!

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