The top five regrets of the dying …

The Huffington Post recently published an article by Bronnie Ware entitled “Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”

The items listed in this article provide a powerful catalyst for a forum conversation on this topic:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

(Read the full article for a fuller discussion of each of these points.)

How do you feel as you read each of these statements?  What might you learn about yourself as you listen to your forum mates react to these thoughts?

Business topics for your forum

Many forums ask about getting business value from forum.  Consider tackling one or more of the following topics at a future meeting:

  • Raising and engaging in difficult conversations at work
  • Growth directions for young companies
  • How to prepare for growth/growing pains
  • Finding the courage to say NO to enable/allow resources for another YES
  • How to be honest with your employees about challenges/opportunities
  • Choosing the right people/hiring the right people quickly
  • Choosing the right business model
  • How to avoid commoditization/remaining differentiated
  • Preserving your company culture through change
  • Do I have the leadership skills needed to take my business to the next level/stage?
  • How can I help my business get through the existential challenge(s) we are facing right now