Viral video on YouTube: What’s Your Biggest Regret?

In case you haven’t already watched this viral video which has more than 2,500,000 views since it was published on January 25, 2016, here it is again. This video was also featured on the LifeBuzz blog which I provide a link at the end of this video.


This viral video about ‘What’s Your Biggest Regret’ was made by Strayer University.

It teaches an important lesson.  A lesson that most people do not think about until they are on their deathbed.  By which then it’s too late.  What is your greatest regret?

A big blackboard was set up in New York City.  Strangers were asked to write about their biggest regret in life.  As more and more people wrote their regrets, a common pattern emerged.  Many of those regrets had the same three letter word ‘not’.

Some biggest regrets:

‘Not applying to medical school’

‘Not traveling more’

‘Not following my passions’

‘Playing it too safe and not following my dream’



‘Not… (fill in your regret here)’

See the viral video here:

Many people sighed when they looked at the board.  Some people were at the point of tears.  But then the organizers gave the people an eraser.  At first I thought they would gets the people of to erase the word ‘not’.  So the above examples become:

‘Applying to medical school’

‘Traveling more’

‘Following my passions’

‘Following my dream’

Starting with a clean slate

Instead, the board was wiped clean and somebody wrote the words ‘clean slate’.  I felt at the end of the video people are given hope, but there is no concrete action.  I feel you have to tell the people what are some concrete steps to fulfill their dreams and not live in regret.  Action steps are needed.

Example from my own life: my decision to go live a year in Beijing

When I make my decisions I often think about what I would regret not doing something.  For example, when I was doing my MBA in Toronto I had a chance to do my Double MBA degree in Beijing.  I would already have my MBA, so why would I do a second MBA program?  I was asked this question by many family and friends.  I heard their reasons but then decided to follow my heart and dreams to go to Beijing to study for a year from 2014-2015.  Looking back, if I chose not to go to Beijing I would have 1,000,000 reasons.

‘It’s expensive to live abroad.’

‘I would not be able to work for another year.’

‘I already have my accounting designation and MBA.  It would be a waste of time.’

However, if I really did not go to Beijing I would definitely write it on my ‘regrets board.’

Calvin’s biggest regret would have been:

‘Not going to Beijing’

I am so happy I went to Beijing.  I had a blast and it is something I share with my friends today.  I will share it with my future spouse and children and my grandchildren and my great grandchildren about my adventures living a year in China.

Are you living life too safely?

Too many people live too safety.  Too many people worried about what others think.  They do not follow their own dreams and their own heart.  In a way they never really lived.  Are you living a life too safe?  Are you staying in your comfort zone?  Maybe it’s time to take the ‘not’s’ out of your life.

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