Are you living true to your last year on earth?
How many people do you think are wishing they could do 2019 over?
Imagine if you could go back to the start of 2019 and say, “Hey guys. 2020 is going to be craaa-azy. There’s going to be a global pandemic. Everything is going to get shut down. The government is effectively going to nationalise the entire economy. Get ready!”
How do you think people would respond to that?
Assuming they didn’t lock you up for being some time-travelling warlock, it would probably light a fire under their arse, right?
They’d be like, ok. 2019 is going to be my last shot to do a few things – go travelling, see live music, watch Richmond play the MCG. I’m going to get out there and do it.
That’s what they should be saying.
This is the nature of humans. We never pull the finger out until we see that the window of opportunity is closing.
But hindsight is easy.
What if I tell you that I’m actually a time-travelling warlock, and in June 2021, the earth is going to get smacked by a gigantic asteroid.
I was actually reading about this the other day. You can think of an earth like a giant apple pie, and the volcanoes as holes in the crust. When the asteroid hits, it’s like punching an apple pie, and all the stuffing pops out through the holes in the crust. That is, every volcano on earth would erupt with full power, all at once, blanketing the earth with hot apple lava.
Anyway, so that’s coming.
What are you going to do?
What have you been putting off? What are you going to make sure you get done now that the window of opportunity is closing?
Once you pull the finger out, what’s the first thing you’re going to do?
Now that you’ve fingered exactly what that is, let me ask you another question:
What’s stopping you doing it right now?
This is what you should be asking yourself every day.
And look, it’s not a perfect question. If you knew you had 12 months to live, you would give up making money and just live for the moment.
But even when you keep your energies focused towards building wealth, there are still a lot of things you would do differently.
And that’s another way of saying that there are a lot of things you are doing right now that you wouldn’t be doing if it was your last year on earth.
You should stop doing those things.
As much as possible, we should be replacing not-last-year-on-earth worthy things, with last-year-on-earth worthy things.
Because the reality is that the window is closing. Our life is coming to an end. Sooner or later, and probably quicker than we think, it will be our last year on earth.
And who knows what 2021 is going to bring. It could be worse than 2020. It will probably involve radio-active spiders or something like that.
The only way to live is to live like it’s your last year on earth. Make the most of every moment.
Just ask the class of 2019.