40 Things To Say Before You Die - Forbes

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40 Things To Say Before You Die
Before you’re sprawled on your deathbed, there are some things you really have to say. They’re not complicated. They’re not poetry. They’re just short sentences with big meaning. I hope they get you talking.

40 “I wonder.”

Give yourself time to think so the time you spend doing things will be better spent.

39 “Today was good.”

If you can say it once, you can say it again. And again. And again.
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com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 2/14 . a person.” Only you get to decide when your life’s work is done. a company. 36 “Thank you for making this possible.” Because nobody does anything alone. We’re driven and supported and thwarted by others at every turn.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die . a plan. an idea—you have to put your faith in something.forbes. 37 “I’m not finished.” A god. www.Forbes 38 “I believe in this.

” www. Pairs of shoes. 33 “I’m sorry.forbes.” Food. 34 “I can do better. Articulating your own limits is powerful.” But you can’t just say it. you’re that much closer to making it true. 32 “I survived. Really mean it. you have to mean it. Episodes of Law & Order.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 3/14 .11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .Forbes 35 “That’s enough.” As soon as you say it. Drink. Overtime.

Forbes Moments of danger are the plot points of an exciting life.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 4/14 .” Let yourself be in awe of another person. 29 “I did my best. 30 “I am home.forbes. 31 “You’re amazing.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .” www.” Home is every adventure’s final destination and starting point—and we all need one to call our own. and you’ll feel strong and weak simultaneously.

what are you going to do with your good fortune? 26 “I want that. www. Now. 27 “I’m lucky.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die . and if they can’t make it.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 5/14 . in a way that no one else is. 28 “How can I help you?” Because you want people to come to your funeral. at least they’ll miss you.Forbes If this is true.” You are lucky.” Ask for it: that’s you get what you covet—from others and for yourself.forbes. you did something amazing.

the happier you’ll be. www.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 6/14 .” If you never say it.” Not everything is worthwhile. and sometimes we don’t find that out until we’re in the middle of a rotten situation. you embody the statement.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .forbes. 23 “Isn’t this beautiful?” The more often you notice the gorgeous world around you.Forbes 25 “This is wrong. 24 “I quit.

20 “I can master this. Remember that.forbes. 19 “Hold the mayo. 21 “Damn.” www. Practice if you have to.Forbes 22 “Congratulations. I look good.” The ability to learn is the foundation of every other talent.” Say this without jealously.” You come from a long line of people who convinced others to sleep with them.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 7/14 .11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .

” www. 16 “That was my contribution.” It’s always harder to take back an invitation than to give one. but protecting yourself from personified trouble is always worth the effort.forbes. 18 “This is who I am.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 8/14 . 17 “Get out.” The nervous energy spent pretending to be something you’re not is better spent on practically anything else.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .Forbes Ask for the little things on a regular basis and you’ll find that it’s easier to make larger demands on occasion.

com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 9/14 . 15 “I’ll try it.Forbes Own what you’ve worked to create— that’s how your presence will be felt long after you’re gone.forbes.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die . 13 “This is my favorite thing.” Consider the impotence of never saying you’ll try. 14 “Tell me more.” www.” Really getting to know someone (or some topic) will help you better triangulate your own place in the world.

com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 10/14 . 10 “Your secret is safe with me. 11 “I don’t care.” www.forbes.Forbes Enjoy what you love and say this as often as you can.” There’s a layer of proud ownership over everything you possess that wasn’t merely given to you.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die . 12 “I earned this.” Being able to discern between what’s important and what’s trivial is a skill that will save your sanity and your schedule.

” www.Forbes Because it feels deep-down good to be trustworthy. 7 “I trust you.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .forbes. 8 “Let’s go!” Where you’re going often matters far less than the enthusiasm you have for the trip. and admitting as much helps forge alliances. 9 “Eureka!” Being the first to know something is a delicious sensation.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 11/14 .” We all need allies. 6 “I don’t know how to do this.

11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .” Fear is an asset. 5 “I’m terrified.Forbes It’s better to admit it and learn than to fake it and embarrass yourself. Don’t ignore the tingles that run up and down your spine. It can save you from danger and alert you to trouble. 3 “I made a decision.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 12/14 .” When this is said truthfully. 4 “This is going to work.” www.forbes. it’s an assertion of power.

” We all want to say this.forbes.forbes. This article is available online at: http://www.Forbes Autonomy transforms any activity from a chore to an act of destiny. 2 “I love you. or being important. is being truly aware.11/7/12 40 Things To Say Before You Die .com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/ www.” More important than being right. and we all want it said to us.com/sites/jessicahagy/2012/10/04/40-things-to-say-before-you-die/print/ 13/14 . 1 “I understand.

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