The fact that we will die someday helps us focus on the big picture

  • Small decisions and details suddenly lose all meaning once you remember that you will be dead eventually and all these little things will not matter. Keeping this in mind helps us focus on the big picture of what we want to accomplish in life.
  • Austin Kleon even goes a step further in his book Book - Show Your WorkBook - Show Your Work


    author: Austin Kleon
    title: Show your work! 10 ways to share your creativity and get discovered

    , reading obituaries every morning to remind him of his mortality.
  • This notion is wonderfully put into words by Steve Jobs: “Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”