Summary of Chasing Daylight

How My Forthcoming Death Transformed My Life

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How KPMG CEO Eugene O''Kelly used the last three months of his life to learn how to live – a heartfelt farewell.


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What if a doctor looked you in the eyes today and told you flat-out that you had about 100 days to live, and there was zero chance anything could change that shocking reality? What would you do? How would you spend your last days? In May 2005, Eugene O'Kelly, then the CEO of KPMG, received the bitter news that he wouldn't live out the year due to brain cancer. An accountant by training and a type-A personality by nature, O'Kelly set in motion a strategy for making the most of his last days. Part of that plan included writing a book on how to bring closure to life and prepare for the great transition to come. One conclusion: Sometimes you have to work hard at the "business of dying." O'Kelly's stoic, rational courage in the face of the unknown has produced this gift for all those he left behind. getAbstract recommends it highly for its priceless lessons about how to live.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How KPMG CEO Eugene O'Kelly faced the news that he had only 100 days to live
  • How he resolved to make the end of his life its best time
  • How he said goodbye
  • What he taught about making life more meaningful


The Verdict
In May 2005, doctors told Eugene O'Kelly, age 53, chairman and CEO of KPMG U.S. - a $4 billion company with 20,000 employees - that he had inoperable brain cancer and would die in a matter of months. O'Kelly explained, "My days as a man at the top of his game, vigorous and ...
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About the Author

At 53, Eugene O'Kelly was chairman and CEO of KPMG. A lifetime New Yorker, he started with KPMG as an assistant accountant in 1972 and worked his way to the top, becoming U.S. CEO in April 2002. Andrew Postman assisted in writing this book. Philip Ruppel edited it. Corinne O'Kelly wrote the last chapter.

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