124/365 On our deathbed we will not feel we could have spent more time in office

Talking about death is not considered the best thing in most cultures.. but there are many cultures where death is discussed… As mortals I think we all need to think about ourselves in deathbed and imagine how the world around us should be at that time. How we should feel… and how others would feel… Because there is one thing in our control… if we think about it now.. we might be able to make it the way we want.

“On our deathbed we will not feel we could have spent more time in office”.. That is not exactly how that quote goes I guess.. I did some search on google and found different ways of saying this.

  • Nobody on their deathbed has ever said, “I wish I had spent more time at the office’.
  • No one on their deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at work’.
  • No person on their deathbed ever says they wish they had worked harder.
  • I never heard a dying man say, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office.’

I also figured out that this quote was popularized by U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas who was detected with a curable form of cancer in 1984 or so..

I think the meaning is pretty clear to anyone… This quote stuck with me sometime in 2012.. That was also the time when the merger of agile and minimal was making its rounds in my mind… And a few years after that I came up with the Minimal Agile concept… as my philosophy of life….

Some might feel that this quote makes people not want to put effort at work…. I differ… This quote makes people want to make work more meaningful not just for them.. but also for others.. Not just us, everyone we work with will be on their deathbed one time or the other and since we know them… we are also part of the deathbed thinking irrespective of who is on the deathbed..

For me the quote leads me to the idea of value…. our time.. our effort… our relationships.. all moving towards a value based outlook… And an interesting question emerges during some of my actions and decisions… Am I going to be proud about this down the line…

There is so much we can change and in our control to make better…. the deathbed analogy helps me not just look at work in a meaningful way… but also life…. This quote has made me want to focus on Value driven work…. and the value I can deliver…. the meaning is beyond the actual work and salary.. it is about value and people…. it is also about responsibility and more… At deathbed.. I want to feel good about the work I did…. and how I did it…. May be that is how I see it…

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Categories: Career & Work, Enjoying Life and Work, Life, Writing Project

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