This assignment consists of two parts (maximum 2,500 words):
1. Writing Your Own Eulogy and
* Merriam-Webster definition of eulogy: a commendatory oration or writing especially in honor of one deceased
e.g., she delivered the eulogy at his funeral.
2. Creating your Personal Vision.
Part 1: Writing Your Own Eulogy (what you want to be in this, your one and only life)
To define one’s purpose in life is not an easy or simple task. When asked to do so, people often end up producing a long list of the typical things that people think they should say.
Instead, start by writing the eulogy of the life you would have loved to live, the one that fulfills all your goals and dreams. This exercise will allow you to distill your real priorities in life, as clarity regarding “the ends” drives “clarity “now. In fact, Jeff Bezos takes quite a similar approach when he makes an important life decision based on his personal priorities. See Jeff Bezos on making a life decision while projecting himself to age 80 in this 2-minute interview:
A eulogy can be as long as you like or as short as you like, but it has to have enough substance and meaning that will catalyze a change. You don’t need to be a professional writer to be able to write a eulogy, but I appreciate that you might feel uncomfortable with the experience at first and have no idea where to begin. Here is how you might begin. Jot down the most memorable and transformational moments that you would love to have in your life:
– What moments were your proudest?
– Most challenging?
– Most loving, kind or generous?
– When were you most present, engaged, and essential — in what situations and settings?
– What impact did your actions have on others, society, world?
– How might some of these situations or outcomes have been different without you?
Take a look at what you’ve written and try to find common themes. What sorts of characteristics or traits are evident in the memories that surfaced? Select the theme that best represents the person and build upon it. Organize items by degrees of importance. Summarize your “good words,” and restate your theme.
Part 2: Personal Vision
Now, you can use the powerful information you collect while writing your own eulogy to better create your mindful goals and your action plan to achieve those goals.
1. Develop Personal Purpose Statement
Below are some questions you might address to develop this statement.
– What is your personal vision of businesses as it relates to its potential for contributing to the public good?
– What kind of person do you want to be with a degree in business?
– What impact do you hope to have on others?
– What do you want to accomplish in your career with your Daniel’s degree? What makes these career goals personally meaningful to you?
2. Develop Personal Purpose Plan
– Identify the metrics (3-5) you would measure your life’s success
– Assess how likely you are to succeed in your life according to the metrics, if you keep the way who you are and what you are doing? Identify any gap between who/what you are, and who/what you want to be.
– Develop your personal plan to achieve the success as you define (use SMART framework)
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