Five Regrets of the Dying

By Gerald Walsh ©


Last week’s blog How Will You Measure Your Life? about the late Professor Clay Christensen drew several lovely responses from readers who found meaning in Dr. Christensen’s words.

Those responses brought to mind an article that was sent to me recently, called Five Regrets of the Dying, written by Bronnie Ware, an Australian author, speaker and songwriter.

In her article—which later expanded into a book—Bronnie writes about her time as a palliative career worker and the honest conversations she had with patients who were nearing the end of life. From these conversations, she discovered the five most common deathbed regrets people have are:

  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 hadn’t worked 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.

Here is the link to Bronnie's article.

Here is the link to her TEDx talk called "Regret-Free Living".

Both may help you reframe how you spend your time. Enjoy!



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Gerald Walsh is an executive recruiter, career coach, public speaker and author. During a 25+ year career, he has interviewed more than 10,000 job candidates, completed hundreds of successful searches for a range of organizations and guided many individuals – from young professionals to senior executives – to successful career change. He is the author of “PINNACLE: How to Land the Right Job and Find Fulfillment in Your Career.” You can follow Gerry on Twitter @@Gerald_Walsh and LinkedIn.