It's often been claimed that "No one died wishing they spent more time at the office."
That doesn't comport with some of my friends and colleagues. But
that's anecdotal so, for my PsychologyToday.com article today, I reviewed all 3,500 entries in
the book: Last Words of Notable people.
While many last words are religious
about their spouse or ending their pain, enough speak about wishing
they could work more to dispute "No one died wishing they spent more
time at the office."
Whether or not we choose to work more, it certainly seems we should
be more accepting of diversity of how people choose to live their lives
rather than pathologize work-centric people as "workaholic" or "out of balance." Indeed, per my anecdotal experience and the names
on the following list, many highly contributory people, already
lifelong hard workers, wished they had or could work more.
Of course, people with less potential for accomplishment might well feel that work-life balance and even a bias toward "life" is wiser.
In any event, the article offers two dozen people's last words that suggest
they wish they had "spent more time at the office" or at least that
work, not pleasure, relationships or spirituality, was on their mind at that final moment.