For those that don’t know me, I’m a web and iOS app developer. I also like to scratch my own itch and will use any tools that work consistently, and what works for me is knowing that I’m going to die and that I only have until then to do what I want.
So, I’ve built an app that will use your own mortality to help you achieve what you want. Click here to be notified when it’s released. (note: the app is only available on iOS for now)
It’s a death countdown app. Morbid, I know. Sorry.
It works by telling you how many days you have left to live depending on your location, age, and sex, and then spits out a number – how many days you have left to live.*
People who have used death as motivation:
Alexander the Great – asked to have his hands hang loosely outside of his coffin when he died so he could show people that we leave this world empty handed when our most precious resource is exhausted, time.
Steve Jobs – “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” – from his Stanford commencement speech.
Jesse Itzler – Author, entrepreneur (co-founder of Marquis Jet), and owner NBA’s Atlanta Hawks. Itzler used to write down how many days he had left to live on his arm every day to remind himself that he had an expiration date.
Michel de Montaigne – One of the most significant philosophers of the Renaissance, and practically invented the essay as a writing genre. In his article: That to Study Philosophy is to Learn to Die, de Montaigne says that an understanding of death is the basis for an understanding of how to live life.
Seneca – Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist. Seneca literally wrote the book On The Shortness of Life. You can read it here.
Marcus Aurelius – Roman emperor and philosopher. Aurelius wrote in his book Meditations: “Do not act as if you had ten thousand years to throw away. Death stands at your elbow. Be good for something while you live and it is in your power.”
Remember: You’re going to die, so might as well use to motivate you!
*Based off statistical data for the region.