What if you only had 100 days?

I just read a very powerful book, one that I recommend to any ambitious, sleep deprived, workaholic like me. It’s Chasing Daylight, an autobiography of Gene O’Kelley, CEO of KPMG, who suddenly discovers he has an inoperable brain tumor. The story is about his decision to make the best of his last days. The message is profound:

{If you only had 100 days, what would you do with them?}

As I read through the book, I imagined what I would do upon hearing such news. I’d probably do what any Type A personality would do and make a bucket list – then systematically deploy the rest of my days. And not to be morbid, but when you stop and think about it, we all have only a limited number of days –  probably somewhere between 100 and 30,000. And some say we, as credit unions, are also a dying breed. So, I wonder…

What would you do if the suits marched in and announced that you had 100 days to turn things around or they were shutting you down?

What kinds of decisions would you make if you knew your job was truly on the line?  What creative “risks” might you suddenly afford?  What programs would you fight for given the stakes? What bureaucratic policies would you nix?

Maybe it’s not too far off to think that the status quo we work so hard to maintain could come out from under us at any minute. It’s easy to put things off when the stakes are low and push them to the backburner, but how far away is “tomorrow”? After all, the economy would be better tomorrow. The budget is bigger tomorrow. The outlook is brighter tomorrow. Tomorrow is easier, but what if tomorrow didn’t come?

As my husband often says, “The more you procrastinate…the harder it is to put things off.”

Just remember that each day is a gift: An opportunity to take the right kinds of risks and do work that matters.


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