Steve Jobs said, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
On that note, one of my favorite questions to ask people is “What do you wish to do before you die?” When I run conference or workshops with people after my days in AIESEC, I always like to end it with this TED talk from Candy Chang. You can watch it here
Why? Because beyond simply learning “what” this person hopes to achieve, you’ll gain insight into why they exist.