“Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow.” Shaker saying.
If I have a thousand years to live, I’m going to see the long-term consequences of my work. I won’t be able to hide behind ‘I won’t be here, it doesn’t matter to me’. I’d better be making sure my work is solid and my impact positive.
If I’m going to die tomorrow, I can’t hide behind ‘I’ll get round to that later’. I’d better be getting on with it.
Now is the only time we have to make a difference.
Luckily, making a difference is the most satisfying work there is.