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    Death Bed Advice….

    Mark Borkowski

    These were some words of wisdom told to me by a client that had to sell his company from his death bed. He and his family dictated these pieces of advice in one long visit. Not sure where they got them, but I wrote them down while he was dying.

    I wanted to share them with you.

    1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
    2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
    3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
    4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
    5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
    6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
    7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
    8. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
    9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
    10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
    11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
    12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
    is all about.
    13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
    14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy
    dying.
    15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
    16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
    17. It is never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up
    to you and no one else.
    18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for
    an answer.
    19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Do not save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
    20. Over prepare, and then go with the flow.
    21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
    22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
    23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
    24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will
    this matter?”
    25. Always choose life.
    26. Forgive everyone everything.
    27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
    28. Time heals almost everything. Give time.
    29. However good or bad a situation is it will change.
    30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
    31. Believe in miracles.
    32. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
    33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

    Mark Borkowski is president of Mercantile Mergers & Acquisitions Corporation. Mercantile is a mid market M&A brokerage firm. Mark can be contacted at mark@mercantilema.com or www.mercantilemergersacquisitions.com

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