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How To Know When You're Going To Die

How To Get Perspective On Anything

Brace yourself.

This may or may not be fun.
And, sometimes it’s necessary.
First, write down the year that you were born on a piece of paper. For example:


Now, write down a dash after the year like this:

1978 –

Now, add 80 to the year that you were born and put it after the dash like this:

1978 – 2058

That right there is more than likely your life span. Your birth year and death year.
Sure, you may live a few years or maybe even 20 longer but regardless, this makes things clear.
So, how does seeing what could be on your gravestone make you feel?
Anxious? Fearful? Indifferent?
For me, it provides clarity. More than anything, it provides perspective.

It reminds me that this life is not forever but I do have today.

Knowing that you're going to die allows you to live if you're willing to.

What we do with today, our time, our energy, our focus, our choices, matters more than anything else.
The past is the past. The future hasn’t happened yet. But today is right now.

Make the best decision that you can today. A decision that you’ll thank yourself for at the end of your life.

Antonio Neves is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, award-winning journalist and author of 50 Ways To Excel In Your First Job (And In Life).

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