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In 100 Words: What You Leave Behind

Alfred Nobel

Alfred Nobel once read his own obituary that described him as a “Merchant of Death”. When Nobel’s brother died, a newspaper reported Nobel’s death by mistake. Because Nobel had invented dynamite, the obituary described him as someone who found ways to kill more people faster.

“Is this how I really want to be remembered?” he asked himself. To improve his image, he left 94% of his huge fortune to award people who made greatest contributions to the mankind through their work. (Nobel Prize)

Fortunately, we don’t need such accidental reminders to ask ourselves: How would I like to be remembered?

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