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Can You Justify Your Life

Can you justify your life?

I came across a quote recently from George Bernard Shaw that I wanted to share.

The reason that I want to share this quote is that I think  it leads to a powerful question that can help you clarify what you want to do with you life.

The quote is this:

We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence…upon pain of liquidation.

(btw, I can’t find the context for the quote but I doubt that Shaw actually was advocating for the type of society represented in the quote.)

Now here’s what I want you to do. Imagine that you live in this type of society, a society where you have to justify your existence every five years. If not, you will be “liquidated”.

Picture a board composed of people that you respect and admire, maybe 5-7 people. These could be people that you personally know (family, friends, co-workers) or they could be public figures that.

Now answer this question:

How will I justify my existence for the next 5 years to these people that I respect and admire?

And once you have an answer to that question, ask yourself these two questions:

  • What do I need to do over the next 5 years to make my answer a reality?
  • What is the very first step that I need to take (i.e, what can I start doing today)?

Try this exercise and see what you come up with. If you’ve been struggling to figure out what to do with your life, this just might help you figure it out!

Feel free to leave your answer in the comments below!

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