October 17, 2011, 5:00 am

What Would You Do?

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Miscellaneous
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autumnThis morning, I want to share a slice of life with you.

I wrote the article you are about to read last Friday afternoon. I usually write when I get to the office (see how I manage my day job and online empire here) but on Friday, I couldn’t come up with anything. It is very rare as I always have a dozen of topics and ideas stocked in my USB key. Therefore, I rarely land in front of a white page. But it happened on Friday and I didn’t know why.


Now I know.


Because inspiration was scheduled in my agenda this morning at 11am… with one of my client.


We were discussing investment strategies and risk tolerance as he is officially retiring this year. The client has a fairly aggressive investor profile and definitely enough money to live a very comfortable life.


This is why I asked him “don’t you think it’s time to secure a portion of your portfolio since you are showing gains? I think it’s time for us to review your investor profile to make sure you are on the right path”.


He smiled back and answered: “I have a very unusual investor profile now that I don’t have any “life expectancy””.


Without changing his face, without losing his smile, without tear sin his eyes, this guy just told me that he has an incurable cancer and that he doesn’t know if he will live 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years. He has accepted his fate and is ready to enjoy life… as long as life wants him on this earth.


We often hear spiritual questions such as

What would you do if you if you had cancer with 3 months to live?


What would you do if you had 1 day / 1 hour /  1 minute to live?


But this guy’s perception was different. He knows his cancer is incurable. But he is on medication that prevents him from having complications. Therefore, if the medication is right, he could live a few years without any problems. In other words; the doctor didn’t give him his expiry date.


So my question for you today is;


What would you do if you knew you were going to die but don’t know when?


This sounds silly as we are all going to die one day and don’t know when… But this question leads to deeper thoughts:


Do you live the life you want?

Are you proud of yourself?

Is there anything really important you need to do before you die?

Is there anything holding you back from doing what you really want to do?


I know I almost live the life that I want.

I know that I’m very proud of myself, my wife and 2 children.

There are tons of important things I need to do before I die (attend my kids’ weddings, play with grand kids, sponsor a “children wish” by myself, etc.)

Is there anything holding me back? Yeah… this is called a good job…. And I don’t know what I’ll do about it to be honest. But at least, I’m fairly satisfied with my life. Would fairly be enough if I die at the end of this Monday? I don’t think so.


So this morning, before you finish your coffee, tell me;


What would you do if you knew you were going to die but don’t know when?


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I would take in as much of the world- Adventure, culture and people as I could. I would record as much of my feelings and impressions along the way. I read this quote from a travel blog last week:

“Life´s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting …holy shit…what a ride.”-Author Unknown


Travelling is definitely one of the most inspiring thing a human being can do! I had the opportunity to travel accross Europe when I was in my 20’s and it was one of the best experience of my life.

Great quote by the way ;-).

I would spend my time between trying to create cool stuff, seeing as many cool places in the world as possible, and visiting all of my family. There’s so much to do and see in this world that one would have to live at least a few times.

by: The Financial Blogger | October 17th, 2011 (7:48 am)

Hey Martin,

It seems that you are already doing what you should do ;-)Congrats! I hope you will do it for the rest of your life!

As crazy as this sounds, I would continue doing what I am doing. No changes! My main reason is nothing is sure. We will all die eventually. I like what I do so why not continue.