- Paperback: 201 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1st edition (October 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780071499934
- ISBN-13: 978-0071499934
- ASIN: 0071499938
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 226 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chasing Daylight: How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life Paperback – October 15, 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.
Those who gave this book low ratings, obviously understood neither his intention, nor his insightful writing. I also find it distasteful that some readers judged his love for his daughter based on the unrealized trip to Europe. In fact, his enormous love for his daughter has made him trying to delay saying his final goodbyes, he even explained it many times in the text:"How can you ever find the right way to say goodbyes to your most beloved ones? What place, what situation can it ever make less painful?" Instead, he tried to enjoy small little things with his family, and attempted to make the situation less burdensome for his 13-year old daughter, who was not yet a fully formed adult, and for whom the concept of death has come too close, too early in life...
I hope that many people will re-examine their own life and life's priorities, thanks to the O'Kelly's moving piece of literature.