October 19th, 2014

"(T)he chance to shape one’s story is essential to sustaining meaning in life…" – Atul Gawande

By Ron Nakamoto

This post by Shane Parrish captures a powerful idea from Atual Gawande's book "Being Mortal". Telling the story of cancer patient Jewel Douglass, Gawande shares some of the agonizing choices and thoughts that each of us and our families might face at any moment when life is at stake.

“Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to the very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by medicine, technology, and strangers.“Douglass' story highlights Gawande's thoughts about choices and also describes what a better decision-making method might look like. This is a powerful post with broad implications.

In our work at Empowered Wealth, it's not too much of an exaggeration to suggest that we (collectively) have also allowed our fates to be controlled by taxes, maximizing return-on-investment, "controlling from the grave", and well-meaning but narrowly focused attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, and asset managers. An expanded worldview, an Empowered Wealth Mindset, is one antidote that we know can remedy this situation. While not an immediate life or death conversation, the conversation about what matters more than money is an important one that informs and shapes an individual's and their family's story.

No Risky Chances: The Conversation That Matters Most | Farnam Street

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