The Pinch of Urgency

Sociologists tell us that men become more acutely aware of their mortality when they don’t recover full physical functional ability after an accident or illness. This usually happens between the ages of 40-55. In my case, I had to give up playing basketball this year because my knees can no longer take the pounding. Next year I turn 50 years old and I’m firmly in touch with my mortality. I’m not obsessing over death or anything like that, it’s just that I’m keenly aware I’m not going to live forever.

The thing about mortality is that it adds a sense of urgency. Maybe it’s a good thing that we don’t feel it in our 20’s, but if we did, perhaps we’d have some more plaques to look at on our career wall. So what’s brought on this mortality kick?

This past week I’ve been furiously writing a chapter of a book I hope to have published. It occurred to me that I still have four more books I want to write and I’d better step on it. It’s the pinch of urgency.

The Career Bucket List

There are not many entrepreneurs that don’t feel like they still have much left to accomplish up until their final hours. That career bucket list never seems to empty. Again, I’m not trying to be morbid. These years, or any years really, are just too precious to delay things you want to accomplish, too few to spend going through the motions at a job you don’t love. The same goes for your personal and spiritual buckets.

We are told that the act of physically writing down a goal boosts achievement. Whether you have a set of life goals or a career bucket list, take out a sheet of paper and a pen. What would write on yours?

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