Last Second Thoughts: Why Failure Beats Regret Every Time

A Hypothetical Bus Accident

24,000 people are injured in bus accidents every year.

283 of those aren’t lucky enough to walk away with a few scratches.

I’ve always imagined getting hit (and killed) by a bus like this: You cross the street, hear a noise, look to the side and in the last split second you realize what’s going to happen.

You only have time for one, last thought. What’s it going to be?

I like to think that there are only two, universal options for people to choose from:

1. Thank you.

2. F**k.

One resembles the fact that you’ve lived your life to the best of your ability, that you’re grateful for the incredible experience of life as a human and that you’d do it all over the same way again.

The other shows you’ve left chances untaken, words unspoken and potential unfulfilled. You know you could have done so much more. But you didn’t.

And it is only in that last second, much like the bus, that it hits you.

Look around you. I’m sure you can point to many great lives, which are full of failure, but no great life that’s filled with regret.

Failure is an external event that happens to you, regret is an activity you choose to spend your time doing.

One is inevitable, the other just a waste of time.

Failure > regret.


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