In 1888 a Swedish inventor named Alfred found himself reading his own obituary in a newspaper with the stark headline, ‘The Merchant of Death is Dead.’
Alfred was very wealthy, still very much alive and would live another eight more years until his eventual death in 1896.
He was an inventor, scientist and industrialist who held over 350 different patents, including one for dynamite.
Dynamite was a game-changer, revolutionising construction and mining with its explosive power. Yet, it was also tragically used to devastating effect in warfare.
In a bizarre mix-up, following the death of his brother Ludvig, a French newspaper erroneously published an obituary for Alfred. In this scathing article, Alfred was criticised for amassing his wealth through the creation of destructive weapons.
Struck by this macabre glimpse into his future legacy, Alfred Nobel underwent profound introspection to reflect on how he would be remembered when his time eventually did come.
This ultimately played a pivotal role in his decision to allocate most of his vast fortune to establish the Nobel Prizes, that were designed to recognise and reward significant contributions to humanity in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Peace.
Alfred Nobel died at the age 63. He was 55 when he confronted the brutal reality (and I would say, privilege) of reading his own obituary that provided a candid glimpse into how some people perceived him.
Imagine if you had the chance today to glimpse at your future obituary and see what people might truly say about you. Would you seize this opportunity to make any changes and shape a more positive and lasting legacy?
P.S. - Last week my laptop died!
After resurrecting an old spare clunker (for my temporary laptop) and losing 2 days of productivity, I was getting a little frustrated with getting behind with my ‘to do’ list.
As I do love to be well prepared in advance - AKA being a control freak!
In these moments of feeling overwhelmed with too much to do, I like to regain perspective by reminding myself of what is ‘important versus urgent.’
It's my way of zooming out and refocusing on some grander legacy goals – like the stuff that could end up on my tombstone. It's funny because I ask myself, what will that epitaph read,
While you think of big bold legacies and making a difference, you may also be aware that the annual Nobel Prizes are currently being announced. First awarded in 1901, they continue to be some of the most prestigious global awards.
Every year when the Nobel Prizes come around, I am reminded of this great legacy story.
Have a great week.
CEO - Lead Educator
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