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  • Read This Or Suffer The Consequences: Chasing Daylight, How My Forthcoming Death Changed My Life — Eugene O’Kelly

    He found a strength only the dying can achieve: somehow O’Kelly became stronger as he became weaker.

    “His eyes told me I would die soon. It was late spring. I had seen my last autumn in New York.”

    A high-flying CEO of Fortune 50 accounting firm KPMG, Eugene O’Kelly, lived the life of many executives, where the tradeoff for personal wealth and professional accomplishment came at the expense of his family – of his “real life.” Then just as O’Kelly was at the top of his game, he found out that he had late-stage brain cancer and that he would die soon.

    This all unfolds in, “Chasing Daylight, How My Forthcoming Death Changed My Life”, by Eugene O’Kelly.

    This is the remarkable story of a man’s introspection of a life that most would have said, was “lived-well,” yet in O’Kelly’s remaining days – it was his family, fatherhood and a list of special friends, which would be his sword in this last fight. He found a strength only the dying can achieve – and through that strength, somehow O’Kelly became stronger as he became weaker.

    I pick this book, because, well – life happens. And as global leaders – there can be instances when we live though myopia of work goals and promotions, and the rewards are connected to material measures, as opposed to the character and happiness, which should be the real goal — should always be the ultimate goal. It’s a good read, because when the shit hits the fan – you want to be able to say that not only were you a good provider for your family: but you were a good person as well – that you were “present and available.”

    I don’t know if O’Kelly would have done it the same all over again  if presented with the same life choices: but for me, Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals can be my profession – even my passion, but it cannot define me: my spirituality – my love – what I give “away” – what makes me and others better – that has to be my sword.

    Chasing Daylight
    How My Forthcoming Death Changed My Life
    Eugene O’Kelly

    Excerpt
    “In short, I asked myself two questions: must the end of life be the worst part: And, can it be made a constructive experience – even the best part of life.”

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals
    Calvin.wilson1@verizon.net
    http://twitter.com/Upstart__Nation

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