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Archive for June 24th, 2010

Writing Your Obituary (It feels better than it sounds)

There is an anecdote about Dr. Alfred Nobel, which immediately generates in my mind the words “peace prize.”  In 1888, a French newspaper erroneously proclaimed that “The Merchant of Death is now dead.”  The story explained how the man who invented and patented dynamite (his original claim to fame) as an efficient way to kill people, had died in a fatal explosion.  Dr. Nobel who was very much alive, read this account of his death and its cold blooded headline and determined that his life’s work and legacy would be something other than what the paper proclaimed.  Nobel’s advanced reading of his obituary changed his life. 

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