A couple of days ago I listened to about 3/4 of the audio version of the book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. I’ve listened to this book before and it is a very powerful book with so much life wisdom to take from it. Listening to that much of it in a few hours time was a good experience and helped me to see the slight edge in a new way, from the perspective of the big picture.
I was also struck by a story in the book that hadn’t made it’s full impact on me other times that I have listened to the audio. In this story that Jeff shared I was really struck by the fact that worrying about what people think of me is really a phenomenal waste of my time. Jeff shares that this story changed his life and I hope that I can say the same thing about my life.
I’ll keep it simple: he was reading a magazine one day and read that at the average funeral only ten people cry. Only ten people care enough to cry at the average funeral. You and I are not the queen of England or some famous movie star. We’re pretty average, even if you’re above average you might still only have 20 people cry at your funeral.
Take a moment to let that sink in. The next time that you are tempted to worry about what someone thinks about you, about what you are doing or about what you are going to say ask yourself this question: Will this person cry at my funeral? In other words Does this person’s opinion of me really matter?
Go out and be your best you and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks!
To Your Success,
How does this story strike you?