On Eulogies and Obituaries

Keith Lee at Associate’s Mind has a great post titled “Do You Feed Your Resume or Your Eulogy?”    He was inspired to write the post by this column written by David Brooks.

Keith starts his post with these words from Brocks’ column:  “It occurred to me that there were two sets of virtues, the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the skills you bring to the marketplace.”The eulogy virtues are the ones that are talked about at your funeral ….”

Both the column and the post are worth the read.  About ten years ago I started moving down the “eulogy” path, deciding I would not undertake any new professional association, etc. work unless it was something I wanted to do and wanted in my obituary.  There are just too many demands and too little time.   As a result, I have turned down many opportunities that were presented to me but have managed to spend more time with my family and on my practice.

It is never to early to start thinking about this subject.