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Your Life Is A Story: Why You Should Write Your Eulogy TODAY


No matter who you are or where you’ve been, we all have a life story. Life-altering events – big, small and everything in between – happen to us all and, just like in the movies, we change as a result. We’re the main character in our own life story, and while we don’t usually have the power to control where we begin, we have full control on how we react and navigate conflict within the story.

This concept alone might seem simple, but my guest today wants us all to take it a step further. He believes that if we move through our life like we were going to write it as a memoir, then we’d ALL be better off as a result. One way he encourages us to do this is by writing our own eulogy to act as a compass for how we want to be remembered by those around us.

This principle makes so much sense to me! By taking control of our lives and thinking of our actions as objectively as we can (“Would my character act that way?” “Would my character have treated that person like I did?” “What would my character do to solve this problem?” etc.), then we hold ourselves accountable to see everything through to the finish line in a way that’s aligned with our core values.

My guest’s name is Donald Miller and he’s got a brand new book out now that dives deep into this topic called, Hero On A Mission. This was such an eye-opener for me, and I’m so excited to share it with you! And now, please help me welcome back my good friend, Donald Miller, to The School of Greatness.

“Without pain, there’s no story.” @donaldmiller  

Donald Miller is the CEO of Business Made Simple. He is the host of the Business Made Simple podcast and is the author of several books including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, and Building a StoryBrand. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Elizabeth and their daughter, Emmeline.

If you’re ready to learn how to become the hero of your own life’s story, then I highly encourage you to listen to this incredible conversation. Without further ado, let’s jump into Episode 1,215!

“Both victimhood and villainy are coping mechanisms.” @donaldmiller  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How do you build self-esteem?
  • How important is identity?
  • What happens when we only do something for ourselves?
  • How does a villain change their story to be the hero?
  • Is there a way to end suffering?

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How there are four characters in all of our lives.
  • Why it’s important to constantly think about your life as a story.
  • The key elements to your story and living a meaningful life.
  • Why Donald believes everyone should write their own eulogy.
  • Plus much more…

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