Regrets of the Dying

Regrets of the dying makes sobering listening and is something we can all learn from.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you will have heard that HRH Prince Philip died a couple of days ago. He is not someone that was on my radar much, so I was very surprised at the outpouring of compliments that surfaced after his passing.

His greatest legacy is that he instigated The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme which both of my girls completed during their high school years.  A wonderful program that has had a positive impact on thousands of young people around the world.

His family members are reported to be saying that he died with few regrets because he lived his life to the full.

This reminds me of a wonderful book I read years ago by Bronnie Ware called The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.

Here is what people wished for:

I’d lived a life true to myself, not what others expected of me.

I hadn’t worked so hard and spent more time with family.

I’d had the courage to express my true feelings.

I had stayed in touch with old friends.

I’d allowed myself to be happier.


It got me thinking about my own life. The choices I have made, the opportunities I have embraced and equally the tough challenges I have shied away from.

At the start of my entrepreneurial journey I asked myself the following questions – and you also might want to?

How do you want to be remembered?

What will be your legacy?

How do you want to spend your time?

Do you desire to work as part of a team or on your own?

Where do you want to work?  At home running your own business, or with a large organisation? Maybe education, or for a local charity?

Is money your driving force?  Or passion?  Or belonging to a like-minded community?

Are you open to learning, growing and facing challenges with enthusiasm?

What’s holding you back?

If you need help with any of this, then all you have to do is reach out and ask. I’m here to help.  I know what it’s like to feel lost, directionless and living ground hog day!

Don’t wait to make change. Time is something you can never get back.

After years as a stay at-home-mum I believed I had nothing to offer the world.  I lacked skills, resources and confidence.  I stepped out of my comfort zone with trepidation. I’ve suffered criticism, rejection, fear and self doubt.  Yes, it’s often tough but the rewards far outweigh the struggles. And the personal growth that has taken place alongside my business growth is something I didn’t expect but am truly grateful for.

And there’s one thing I now know for sure – when I die I will have no regrets.

Photo by M Ashraful Alam on Unsplash



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