Let me preface this article by sharing that every month my goal is to read two books. Last month, those two books were The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari (Sharma), and The Compound Effect (Hardy). I really enjoyed both books, with both being very thought provoking and applicable. I proceeded to order Sharma’s newest book, the Leader Who Had No Title. I am in the process of finishing now, and it follows the same sort of outline as his former book, though addressing different topics. I appreciate Robin Sharma’s decision to use fables to educate, as I think it makes things more relatable.
One piece that stuck out in this current book was the 10 Human Regrets, and I just had to share.
Sometimes when I look around at people, whether on social media, at their jobs, with their families, and just generally living their lives, I am constantly asking aloud, “What are you DOING?”. Life is so incredibly short, so incredibly valuable, and so incredibly beautiful. Within each of us lies, as my good friend and consultant for Fortune 500 companies Drew Lawrence notes, a specific dharma, or heroic mission on this planet. When I see the sheer masses of people allowing themselves to simply push buttons for a living, it drives me crazy! You are so much more than a cog in a machine, but you have to wake up first. That’s the purpose of this blog.
Just figured I’d share that. Anyway, here are the 10 Human Regrets by Robin Sharma, and I ask you, is what you’re doing today going to ensure you don’t say these things upon your deathbed?
Robin Sharma – The 10 Human Regrets (As discussed by Robin Sharma in his book THE LEADER WHO HAD NO TITLE)
1. You reach your last day with the brilliant song that your life was meant to sing still silent within you.
2. You reach your last day without ever having experienced the natural power that inhabits you to do great work and achieve great things.
3. You reach your last day realizing that you never inspired anyone else by the example that you set.
4. You reach your last day full of pain at the realization that you never took any bold risks and so you never received any bright rewards.
5. You reach your last day understanding that you missed the opportunity to catch a glimpse of mastery because you bought into the lie that you had to be resigned to mediocrity.
6. You reach your last day and feel heart broken that you never learned the skill of transforming adversity into victory and lead into gold.
7. You reach your last day regretting that you forgot that work is about being radically helpful to others rather than being helpful only to yourself.
8. You reach your last day with the awareness that you ended up living the life that society trained you to want versus leading the life you truly wanted to have.
9. You reached your last day and awaken to the fact that you never realized your absolute best nor touched the special genius that you were built to become.
10. You reach your last day and discover you could have been a leader and left this world so much better than you found it. But you refused to accept that mission because you were just too scared. And so you failed. And wasted a life.