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Legacy: Why YOU Should Start Thinking About Dying

| May 23, 2013 | 7 Comments
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What did you do this week?  It probably wasn’t what you would have done if it was your last week on earth.

What are you doing next week?  Wow.  Probably pretty depressing when you put it that way.

Most people don’t think about death very often.  I certainly don’t.  The title of this article actually gives me the creeps.  Most people say things like “I want to live life the fullest”, but in reality most of our generation needed Drake to say YOLO before they ever considered that you only get one shot at this thing called life.

Most people don’t live a life full of intention.   And what exactly should this hippie-yoga term mean to you?  It should mean being fully aware that going to work everyday is a choice.  It should mean, that even when you hang out with boring people, you still know– you’re getting more boring.  It should mean, that every time you overeat, or overspend, or overwatch something lame on television, you still know– you’re doing this to yourself.

Well, f*ck me if I sit on the couch or in a cubicle if today was my last day on earth.

Seriously.  Think about your funeral.  Not about how many people will be there, but what the people who actually matter would say.  I don’t wish a near death experience upon anyone, but I have some friends who are in need of one.

What did you leave behind?

When’s the last time you thought about your legacy?  What are you going to leave behind?  The other morning I had breakfast with an attendee from our Under30Experiences trip to Nicaragua.  He’s the Wall Street kid who got sucked in by the fat paychecks, and now is having the best years of his life sucked right out of him in exchange.  But, he knows it, and he’s plotting his escape from Corporate America in order to live the life he wants, and to leave a legacy that will carry on long after he’s gone.

The first step is always admitting it.  It’s being aware.  It’s living with intention.

Create something.  

If you want to leave something behind, you have to think– what is that something?  Yes, it can be a worldwide empire of riches and wealth, but it doesn’t have to be. How about that music career, that the twelve your old you would be crushed to hear you gave up on?  How’s that book going that you’ll never write? Why haven’t you started working on a project that really means something to you?

Build something you can leave behind.  Whether it’s art, music, writing, a company that does something meaningful, a family, or a photo album full of memories, do it… and do it your way.  Don’t just jump on the bandwagon and create the next Snapchat meets music sharing app.  How’s that code going to feel when all is said and done?

Last week, I wrote about what I want out of life– new challenges, reaching beyond my comfort zone, seeing new places, trying new things, inspiring a creative environment, new experiences, and positive energy from ambitious young people. It is exactly why we’re building Under30Experiences: a travel company dedicated to bringing ambitious young professionals on eye-opening experiences.

If we can open up amazing young people to the world that they’ve been missing and give them a launchpad to connect with other people striving for the next level of success in business and life, I’ll leave this planet happy.

Hope this article makes you think.  Would love for you to drop a comment below, and let me know what’s holding your friends back.

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Matt Wilson is Co-founder of Under30Media and Adventurer in Residence at Under30Experiences.  

About the Author: Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is co-founder of Under30CEO. After two years traveling and working from his laptop, Matt's official title became Adventurer in Residence, heading up Under30Media's travel company Under30Experiences. If Matt is around he will be easy to spot as his long luxurious hair is generally flowing freely in the breeze.

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  • Zoey Dash

    Great article! It’s definitely better to lead a life of oh-wells than what-ifs.

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Zoey– don’t settle for oh-well, OR what-if… go get what you really want and figure out a way.

  • cesar romero

    it’s true, I don’t. I don’t think about death that often because I kind of take it for granted that I’m going to be here tomorrow, in a month, in a year, 5 years, when in reality, I could die even before completing this comment, nothing is guaranteed, but recently I have realized that what truly matters is not jobs, titles, failures, successes, but the legacy you leave behind, and Matt Wilson, as always, you are on point. One of the benefits of Under30Experiences trip was that it raised my awareness on living a life of legacy and just like that attendee, I’m also planning to escape Corporate America and leave my own legacy, becoming all that I’m capable of becoming. Under30Experiences was my launchpad and catalyst into awareness and I know it will continue to bring positive and strong long lasting relationships. But honestly, I’m scared of dying and another scarier thought is the day when my parents die, I don’t even want to think about that, but I want to make them proud and build a legacy where people are going to remember, not what I did or what I said, but how I made them feel when they were around me;

  • http://telemarketing.callboxinc.com/ Belinda Summers

    This is kind of freaky though, imagining yourself inside that coffin with white clothes on but you did leave a question in my thoughts Matt. The word legacy and death rings a bell to me, they seemed to be related. I guess it’s all about living with a cause, a purpose to help other people. At least in your last breath, you get to say ‘I’ve done what I have to do’. :)

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Hey Belinda– yes the title is a bit morbid, but without a little shock nobody is going to stop their busy day to think about this stuff. Leaving a legacy is super important to me, and hope it is to our readers as well. Thanks for the comment!

  • http://under30ceo.com MattWilsontv

    Cesar– you’re the man, you put everything into your work, and no matter when it happens, people will remember that forever. Pumped to see where you go, and what is in store for you next. Thanks for being an awesome part of our community. See you at the Under30Experiences launch party June 12!!

  • http://www.transpiral.org/ Yasmine Khater

    Yes! create something awesome!