Are you living a life true to yourself?


One of the blogs I read regularly is written by Scott Pape, the Barefoot Investor. In a blog titled ‘The 5 Biggest Regrets of Dying People’, he listed the top regret as ‘I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me’.

Reading this reminded me of an experience I had a number of years ago that changed me forever. It was the day I realise I couldn’t do it anymore, I couldn’t live the life others expected of me. I was sitting in a park on my lunch break. My corporate job had been going quite well that morning and I thought to myself “It’s not so bad, I can keep doing it. Why do I need to change?” After all, I earned good money and it was a safe and secure career.

Then it happened. I closed my eyes and imagined myself at 65 looking back on my working life. What I saw and felt changed me forever. A deep sense of regret and disappointment came over me because I saw myself as an older man who had never been brave enough to step out of the corporate comfort bubble to live a life true to myself. I’d played life very safe and hadn’t taken any chances. This moment of insight into the path my life was headed was a gift I am grateful for every day.

In order to avoid regret we simple need to take the time to stop and focus on what we want. I have put together a recording called the Adventure Kickstart that allows you to do that and takes you through a process to formulate 3 steps that brings you closer to your adventure. If you’d like to access it, please fill out the form to the right.

Is there something you fear regretting when you’re older? Please share your thoughts in a comment below.

2 Replies to “Are you living a life true to yourself?”

  1. What a great reminder.
    There were a few things I’did in the past and didnt do that I used to regret but I’ve made my peace with that now. If I want something bad enough now I will go after it. I don’t want to live with regrets.

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