For sure, the title of this book intrigued me. I’ve always wondered who will show up at my funeral? Will my haters be there? I know, silly thought, but the thought does come to mind.
My first exposure towards Robin Sharma was when I read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I was in college when I had read that book and wasn’t totally digesting all that the book had to say. I didn’t have any awareness of something called self-help. I didn’t know that a concept even existed where one can take care of oneself.
So that book started off great and didn’t end too well for me.
Fast forward to 2017 when I read the same book, and guess what? I was a believer. I totally understood Sharma’s words. I feel a lot of it has to do with my own life as I’ve been through difficult situations and overcame them.
Who Will Cry When You Die is a list of 101 simple solutions to life’s most complex problem. These solutions are varied and cover a vast range of ideas. They are as simple as Every Day, Be Kind to a Stranger, to Learn to Say No Gracefully, to Schedule Worry Breaks among other brilliant ideas.
In particular, my favorite ones are:
- Maintain Perspective
- Schedule Worry Breaks
- 3. See Your Troubles as Blessings
- Always Carry a Book With You
- 5. Get Good at Asking
- Take a Mini-Vacation
- Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself
There are loads more that I can talk about but the ones I mentioned above are the ones that spoke to me the most.
He shares an interesting analogy as well of the mountain climbers. They always reach the base camp first, and along their trek to the peak, they make sure to stop at base camp 2 and base camp 3 and base camp 4 before reaching the summit. In the same manner, we as human beings, need to stop at several base camps before reaching our ultimate goal. It’s not an easy journey, but it’s a journey that can be completed.
Sharma, with these 101 ideas, will help you implement them in your life to help you reach your full potential. He also uses a lot of quotes from world leaders, thinkers, and influencers to substantiate his ideas.
Along with this book, there was a CD as well, which includes 3 guided meditations. I listen to them in my car when I am commuting. Extremely helpful.
Here are the 101 ideas: