Here’s a little secret you may not know: If you’re a famous person, chances are good that your local newspaper has already written your obituary. When you actually die, they’ll fill in a few blanks, do a quick update and press a button. Presto! You’re in the paper!
Unfortunately, for the very-much-alive Apple CEO Steve Jobs, an itchy finger at Bloomberg prematurely pressed that button recently. Although this was a major embarrassment for Bloomberg, Jobs was afforded a sneak peek at what others might say about him after he dies.
Wouldn’t you like that opportunity? Well, with a little foresight and preparation, you can.
Less-famous people than Jobs can enjoy the same perk of a pre-obituary by creating their own. After all, you’ll be paying for that space in the paper, why not fill it with your own words? Obviously, you need to do this before you expire, so get started. The work you do today will spare your grieving relatives the burden of having to do it in a time of extreme emotional duress.
Flickr photo of Steve Jobs paper toy courtesy of ♥ China ♥ guccio.