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Story: The Death Row Inmate And His Strange Last Meal

Is fear holding you back? Don't postpone your actions. Do them now.

I heard a strange story about a prisoner on death row. It’s about the unusual choice that he made for his last meal.

And it reveals what fear can make us do – if we’re not careful. 

Pay close attention as you read this story. It might save you from some regrets in life…


There was a condemned prisoner who was awaiting execution. As usual, he was granted the privilege of choosing the dishes he wanted to eat for his last meal. But his choice surprised the guards who received his request.


He ordered a large mess of mushrooms. The guards were so stumped by his request that they couldn’t take it. They had to find out why.

Finally one of the guards asked the prisoner, “”Why all the mushrooms and nothing else?”

The prisoner’s answer surprised them all.

He said, “Well, I always wanted to try them, but was afraid to eat them before!”


One of my biggest concerns is that I will get to the end of my life, look back at all I’ve done and not done, and wonder, “Why was a so afraid?”

You don’t want to wait until the end of your life to finally get the courage to do the things that have been holding you back.

Do them now.

I am NOT telling you to do the things that could risk your life.

But I AM telling you to do the things that could expand your life and open you up to new opportunities.


Photo by Tim Pearce, Los Gatos

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