MacBooks and Bucket Lists

After 2 days my MacBook is back from Intensive Care and appears to be functioning normally. Lessons learned:

  • there is a price to pay for innovation and early adoption – the occasional failure
  • don’t upgrade your computer software during a road-trip and in a hotel room
  • make absolutely 100% sure on a weekly basis that your back-up systems at home or office are functioning and accurate
  • keep a knowledgable IT guru in your advisory and support team

My thanks to Kim and Phillippa for their support and counselling (!) during my 36 hours.

I was saddened this week to hear that the young man who shared his bucket list on the web after a terminal cancer diagnosis had passed away.

Earlier in the week I discussed this with a dental team and, frankly, we all ended up in tears, talking about the things we would do if we suffered a similar fate.

I speculated that I’ve been living my own life as a bucket list since my father died in 1998 – a wake up call.

That’s why I get so much done – because I took the advice to live every day of my life as if it were my last as a mantra and not just a Hallmark card slogan.

Why do people have to get a death sentence before they write down a list of all the things they really want to do?

Rather than resolutions – if you have some down time between Xmas and New Year, write down your own bucket list – then plan to complete it within 3 years – then you can write another one.

If it means giving up your job, changing your career, selling your company, moving your family around, taking a pay cut – do it anyway.

None of us know how much time we have left.

By the way – when you are living your bucket list, sometimes your personal upgrades fail and you have to go back and restore from your back up. That’s part of the evolutionary process – learning from mistakes.


  • recognise the price you might pay for personal innovation
  • try not to live your bucket list in hotel rooms!
  • make sure you have a back up
  • keep a guru around to listen to you

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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.