A few days ago as I was leaving a meeting SMSs started pouring in; radio channels were mourning and so were TV channels. A sheikh in the UAE passed away. I have to be honest, I’ve never heard of the man before. Still, the impact of his death had a profound effect on me.
I’ve been in the UAE for a couple months now, working my back side off, setting up a business. There’s a gorgeous 2 km long virgin beach a few miles behind my place that I‘ve only discovered a week ago! Why? Because I’ve been so engrossed in work. Why? Because I want to be super rich. Great! Then what?
… I’m going to die!
The sheikh’s death was a huge wakeup call. It got me thinking, a man of such position, his loss mourned by the rulers of the country, has left the world. He’s a royalty, he’s a billionaire (I can only guess), he’s a lot of things that almost everyone I know dreams of being and he’s now gone for good. And what did he take with him? I couldn’t help but ask myself.
Then I thought: “what about what am I going to take with me?”
Have you ever thought about what is it that you can take with you to the grave? Of the family, friends, billions of dollars, investments, properties, cars, fame and all of the other things that we spend our lives running after… what is it that you can take with you to the grave?
The pharaohs believed in after life. This is why they were buried with their treasures and sometimes their servants. They believed they’re going to need this in the second life. Thousands of years later, it doesn’t seem that these mighty kings have managed to take anything with them to wherever they are at the moment.
The train of questions continued and I asked myself: “If I died yesterday, what will I have left behind?”
Not much I have to say! And that’s why I’ve been working my back side off to become super rich. Because I believe (and that’s just a personal belief) having tons of money will help me create the change that I want to create in this world. And hopefully when I leave this world, it’ll be with a great legacy behind.
But here’s the thing. I was so absorbed in making money that I forgot why I’m doing this in the first place. The death of the sheikh was like a slap on the face… that stopped me in my tracks to refocus. It calmed my frantic pursue of setting up a business and making money and it put things back in perspective. It reminded me why I’m doing this.
Why would you want to be super rich? Share with us in the comment box below.
Don’t you ever wonder? If you make it big, what are you going to do with your success? Is it just for big apartments, flashy cars and long yachts? Or do you have a legacy to leave behind?
Well… time to go to the beach!
Until next time,
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