The Top Regrets of the Dying

Top Regrets of the DyingI stumbled across an amazing story online today that really “hit home”.

A palliative nurse, who has counselled the dying in their last day, has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives.

Here’s a brief and quick rundown of the story of the top regrets of the dying

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered a lot of attention.

This massive attention eventually led to a book she wrote called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” which contains all of her observations in detail.

Now your probably wondering..

WHY the answers really resonated with me on some REAL levels.

Well..

First I’m going to share the answers that really kicked me in the face.

Here are just a few of the top regrets of the dying:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
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    This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back with complete clarity on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.
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  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.D
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    There’s always a desire to have loosened up a bit more with this one and the realization that financial success or career accomplishment doesn’t necessarily equal a fulfilled life.
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  3. I wish I had taken more risks.D
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    Everyone has their own idea of what’s “risky”, but most people are living too much in their comfort zone. Most people seem to feel like they missed out on a lot of adventure life has to offer
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  4. I wish I had followed my passion in life.D
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    It’s way too easy to be seduced by a stable salary, a solid routine and a comfortable life, but at what expense?
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  5. I wish I had traveled more.
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    This is something anyone can do and can be done at any age, but most will talk themselves out of it. For reasons such as  lack of money, mortgage, children etc.

Top Regrets of the Dying

The answers honestly blew me away.

You know why?

Because I happen to be fortunate enough to have already overcome the top “regrets” that these elderly people have.

Before I explain..

I want to take you guys back to the very recent past with me for a second.

About 4 years ago..I was working the “corporate” and “stable” lifestyle in an I.T job.

My life consisted of nothing but going to work from 9-5, and just hoping that at the end of the year, my boss would resign my contract and I would be “nice and stable” for another year.

I did this for 4 years..

I wasn’t able to plan my life on contract…

I had literally no vacation, and if I wanted time off, it was without pay..

At this point I had actually never even been on a plane in my life.

I was barley getting paid enough to cover my living expenses and bills.

I was stuck.

I was working a job that I wasn’t passionate about, trading my time for money, while building someone else’s dream.

Now..

Let’s fast forward to October 14th, 2012.

I was introduced to the world of Internet Marketing.

I had no experience online previous to that date..

All I had was a passion and desire to create a better life for myself..and to eventually help others do the same.

You see, one thing that I’ve always had (that most people don’t), was an open mind.

I KNEW that there were people out there getting massive results, living their dream, whatever that meant for them.

And at that very moment…

I made a DECISION that I was going to take control of my own life, and create an income online.

..Because it would allow me to actually live my dream lifestyle, it would allow me to retire my parents, travel the world, and  make a huge difference in peoples lives.

Let’s fast forward one more time…

..To this present moment, as I am typing this blog post.

I am now a full-time Internet Marketer, Entrepreneur.

I have traveled to the Dominican Republic, Chicago, Denver, and I just got back from Orlando, Florida :)

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Here I am in Orlando, Florida. Oct 2013

I have been able to not only replace my full-time income online, but actually help others do the exact same thing.

Now you will never hear me say that it was easy, because it wasn’t. It took a lot of work, drive, passion and consistency to reach this level of success online.

So no, I’m not saying it’s easy.

I’m simply saying…

It’s worth it. 

Now that you know a little bit about my life over the past 4 years, you can understand why the top regrets of the dying had such an impact on me..

Enough to inspire this entire blog post.

Now let’s take one more look at those regrets from the elders.

“I wish I had taken more risks”

If it wasn’t for my ability to take risks, I would have never even invested a penny in my online education (I will provide you with a link to the same education products and tools I use later in this post)

“I wish I had followed my passion in life. “

That one decision that I made, that one risk I took to invest in myself, has allowed me to do the things in life that I am truly passionate about.

“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

I had a lot of people in my life telling me I couldn’t do it, and insisting that I should stay at my “secure” job because it’s the “normal” thing to do. But I knew that I was meant for something bigger, that I couldn’t just settle for a life that everyone wants me to have because it makes them happy.

“I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”

This is something that I am truly grateful for, because I know how hard most people work and it usually lasts their entire lifetime. Leveraging the Internet to create a business has allowed me to have more time to do the things I love than I thought possible. We live in the most abundant time ever, and with the Internet, it open’s up a lot of doors for young Entrepreneurs like myself.

“I wish I had traveled more.”

Like I mentioned earlier, before I started this journey into online entrepreneurship, I’d never been on a plane, or really traveled anywhere. This year alone I have been on 6 different trips, and will be living in Medellin, Columbia by the end of this year.

Building a business online has given me the convenience of being able to live anywhere in the world. Well, anywhere in the world that has Wifi :)

Conclusion on “Top Regrets of the Dying”

I am simply grateful for having the open mind necessary get me to where I am today. Most people spend their whole lives wishing, and staring the solution right in the face without even knowing it.

My advice.

Take more risks, and follow your gut instincts in life.

For too long, I would “hit the breaks” on everything my gut told me to do, and everything my instincts told me was right.

Live a life without regrets, no matter what it takes.

Actually, I can tell you exactly what it takes to control of your life..

I takes 2 things:

1) Self Education

and

2) Massive Action

Now..

Let’s hear some of YOUR thoughts on the top regrets of the dying...

Do you think you will have any regrets? Are you doing everything you can possibly do to live life to the fullest?

Also..

If you know a friend or anyone who will benefit from this, please share this blog post with them!

One More Thing…

For those of you who are serious action takers, and want to know exactly how I earn an income online..

Here is the link to a video of myself with my good friend and mentor Kameron George explaining exactly how income is made online.

Comments

  1. Great Read!! How remarkably true though…Eye opening! Enjoyed it!!

    • jlatour

      Thank you! Now that your eyes are opened to this, you can do something about it :) Cheers

  2. amen brother. you said it just right for me. :)

    • jlatour

      Glad you enjoyed the post, brother!

  3. It is as GypsySoul said, an “Eye opening!” i realy enjoyed it an congratulation that you managed to finde the courage to take controle of your life. I will like to ask you if you would ok, if i use these “Top 5 regrets” in a future post that i will probably write on this subject on my blog?

    • jlatour

      Glad you enjoyed the post! Yes, feel free to reference this blog post for your future post. Take care.

  4. This really hit home for me! I don’t want to have those regrets. I’m taking the first step and I’m scared as hell!

    • jlatour

      It can be a very scary realization! But the most important thing is that you are aware of it now, so you can do something about it! Cheers :)

  5. too true, though!

    • jlatour

      right? Thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Beautiful read

  7. Great life ..

  8. Wow.. How touching and so true. Thank you for this post. <3

    • jlatour

      Glad you enjoyed it :)

  9. This article is really interesting.
    You’re so right to do the things you love to do in life.

    I’ve had this same feeling when I was doing an internship at the end of my high school years.. The job title I was working towards was totally not in alignment with what I loved to do. People bossing me around, not having the same interests.. Them wanting me to act a certain way so they would feel better.

    Man, that was the worst time of my life.
    Luckily I met someone online that surprisingly lived nearby and told me about this school for game development he was going to attend the next year.

    I was sold! It was a huge risk (money wise) but I found ways to work around it and currently I’m still studying there. I feel so grateful for meeting that person.

    I’ll never regret this decision in my life. It has made me a happier person.

    • jlatour

      Awesome, so pumped for you! You have to “risk it to get the biscuit” :)

  10. jlatour… Thank you..

  11. Fantastic and tremendously interesting post, really stimulated thoughts regarding my future! Thanks :)

    • jlatour

      Awesome, glad you enjoyed it! Cheers :)

  12. Thanks Jay. You just pulled away the curtains. Will be in touch

    • jlatour

      No problem man! Glad you enjoyed it, hope to hear from you.

  13. Great post Jordan, I agree about risk taking and success is always on the other side of rejection and failure :-)

  14. This is a very interesting post that is very eye opening. As a senior in high school this really puts things into perspective.

    I think I can speak for a lot of other high school students when I say that there is a massive amount of pressure to work hard so we can live up to the expectations of others. I, myself, have made academic choices that have made me unhappy to please my parents or peers and just seeing this post makes me want to reevaluate the path I want to take in college. I’ve always been a liberal arts type of person but because of the financial gap between jobs in the liberal arts field and the jobs in the science and math fields, I’ve been swaying (and have been swayed) towards a science and/or math college path.

    Thank you for posting this. A lot of people say “Do what you love,” but it doesn’t really mean anything until it’s been applied. This is definitely sheds some light on the truth behind the phrase.

  15. Interesting blog read, and it got me questioning my self. Thank you for following me.because I wouldn’t have seen this..

  16. Hi, thanks for following my blog. Great post. Motivational speaker Les Brown says ‘Live Full, Die Empty!’ That registered with me early this year.

  17. As a full-time Online Marketer… I too have a passion to reach out and help others with a burning desire to break free from the traditional 9-5 40/40/40 plan.

  18. Hello. Thank you for revisiting and following my blog! Best of luck in your future endeavors. Life is to short to have regrets. Control your own destiny and be free and happy. :)

  19. Thanks for stopping by B is for Blessed. I like your “out of the box” mentality. Often success is found when we break all of the rules. Be Blessed :)

  20. trishlee75

    Awesome! Love it!

  21. Love it! Application of wisdom is the key to it all, isn’t it!

  22. I liked it , thank you for sharing

  23. This is just the perfect dose of reality I needed today.
    Thank you for this and congratulations on being such a great inspiration!!

    Yara

  24. Im really trying to live life to the fullest, but also within reason. I travel lots, have a great son, work hard but for a good cause. I’ll probably regret not being able to stay in touch with all my past friends because of the hectic schedule I lead. Wishing you a happy new year!

  25. Thanks for the read! I just stepped out on faith in September from my corporate job to do just that.

  26. Really enjoyed this post. I totally agree with the steps provided. Taking risks is what holds so many back from truly enjoying their lives. And thanks for the follow!

  27. I have just recently taken control of my life, so reading this makes me even more grateful: I know that no matter what would happen, I tried. A much more empowering feeling than regret on my dying bed :)

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