You Have 1,000 Words Left Before You Die. Now What?

He was a hard-charging salesman, who had a giant stick lodged up his a**.

Nate Anglin
3 min readJul 16, 2020


The man only thought about himself. He only spoke about the things that mattered to him. He was only interested in work and landing the next big deal.

Work-life integration was non-existent; instead, it was work, work, work.

As he became successful, living in a beautiful home, having an incredible career, landing multimillion-dollar deals, he became distracted.

He focused on chasing the wrong things. He focused on pursuing things that can be taken away from him, including his life.

The gentlemen didn’t understand the importance of what the Stoics called, Premeditation Malorum, or the pre-meditations of evil.

Living life through this lens helps us prepare for the most nefarious situations. It helps us understand that life is far from perfect.

Instead, this man watched his wife sleep on the couch, with their young son. He witnessed his mother becoming sick and allowed her to wait for him to visit. He was rude and treated his employees like servants.

The man was a dick.

His name is Jack McCall.

After visiting a new age guru, to land a hefty book deal, Dr. Sinja informed Mr. McCall that he only had one thousand words left to live.

Once those words were spoken, he would die.

Of course, this isn’t a real story but rather from the movie A Thousand Words, starring Eddie Murphy.

The lesson from the funny movie is profound.

We talk more than we listen.

In life, we get caught up in our heads, in our life, that we forget to listen to the people who are most important to us.

It’s one of the best tips to be an incredible communicator — actively listen.

We’re all selfish. We want to talk about the things that interest us. We want to hear about the things we like. But when we do this, we neglect the people whom we’re speaking with.



Nate Anglin

Small Biz Investor, CEO, & helping others improve their performance, profit, & potential w/out sacrificing what’s most important.