Aug 23 2018

A Thought Experiment for Life

As an intro to this post, I want to share a quote from a book that I felt was very insightful.

I'd like you to imagine that you are about to attend one of the most important occasions of your life.

It will be held in a room sufficiently large to seat all of your friends, your family, your business associates -- anyone and everyone to whom you are important and who is important to you.

Can you see it?


On the table, in the center, is the object of everyone's attention. A large, shining, ornate box. And in the box is... you! Stiff as the proverbial board.


From the four corners of the room comes a tape recording of your voice. Can you hear it? You're addressing your guests. You're telling them the story of your life.

How would you like that story to go?

Gerber, Michael E. The E Myth Revisited. (Pages 136-7)

How will you be remembered? What will you do to make life worth living? What will be your life focus? Will you find it worthwhile?

When I did this exercise, I had quite a surprising result. I wanted for the life of me that this focus were a business. After all, it's what I've wanted to do since I was young. Then I thought maybe I just had the wrong business in mind. Surely there could be something else worth pursuing. An industry more satisfying?

I am becoming convinced that the search for the "right" business is fruitless. So then what is a great path to life?

I feel it could be living in the here-and-now.

Presence is impossible to hold with the pressure of planning, pursuing, and achieving a business. Presence is the only thing that we can have -- presence allows us to become extraordinarily thoughtful, caring, and loving. These are the true qualities that should be developed to the best of our ability. In the end, these attributes will be the focal point of "one of the most important occasions of your life".