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Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life Paperback – 1 Oct 2007
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“Eugene O’Kelly made a generous gift of this book. He left behind something wise and insightful; it’s something we all can use.” —Paul Newman
Chasing Daylight is the inspirational memoir of former KPMG CEO Eugene O’Kelly, written in the three-and-a half months between his terminal diagnosis with brain cancer and his death in September 2005. Interweaving details of his illness with reflections on life, death, and success, this passionate, deeply insightful book provides an unforgettable account of O’Kelly’s final journey, and is a compelling reminder of the importance of living a balanced and meaningful life.
"Voicing universal truths not often found in business or how-to tracts...[O'Kelly] made a success out of his final mission."-The New York Times
”One of the most unexpected and touching books you're likely to read this year.”-Bloomberg News
"A moving memoir."-The Times (London)
About the Author
Eugene O'Kelly started at KPMG as an assistant accountant in 1972 and ended his 30-plus year career as CEO, in which capacity he served from April 2002 to June 2005 before becoming a Senior Partner of the firm. He passed away September 10, 2005.
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While you never hear the word, "mindfulness," that's really what he's talking about as the major lesson. In fact, he seems to relate that the majority of his life was lived in a mindLESS manner where he went from meeting to meeting running a Big 4 consulting firm. He worked 90 to 100 hours a week, attended only a couple of events at his daughter's middle school. And, he admits to possibly having his priorities misaligned - probably not an easy admission.
There are no answers for how to create work-life balance but it is a source of motivation to start living and pay attention, now.
today to digest the story.
I have read many books on people dying but this book
was different in that Mr. O'Kelly knew how many days
he actually had before he died.
Mr. O'Kelly had a "high profile executive position" who
finds himself in a "new" position when he learns he has
I feel his acceptance of this new outlook as his life
spirals downhill should be considered by all of us...if we
have the time to do so!