Legacy Interview

A dying man’s
inspirational perspective
on the joy of living:

The Professor Dr Malcolm Simons
Legacy Interview

Malcolm Simons

Professor Dr Malcolm Simons 1939-2012

Death is one of those taboo subjects most people want to avoid at all costs. I have to admit I am not one of those people. I have no special morbid interest in death or dying but then again, I have no qualms discussing it either.

When I first came in contact with Dr Malcolm Simons, it was due to a common love of squash. At the time of our first meeting, I had no idea that in his early years, he was a world-class player. I think he reached a world ranking within the top 10 in the world.

What was obvious was his love of the game that transcended a superficial desire to “win”. I learned this first-hand when Malcolm booked a squash court for us to have a hit. It was a priceless opportunity to experience the talent of a true master of the game.

Being on the court with him, I could actually feel his expert touch as he took all the pace off the balls I hit placing his returns wherever he wanted with the precision of a surgeon with a scalpel. It’s one of my all-time squash highlights I will cherish for a lifetime.

That’s the kind of guy Malcolm is. Supremely generous and forthcoming with his expertise, knowledge and experience. What attracted me to him more than any of his talents and abilities was his direct, unscripted perspective on almost any topic. Whereas most people answer in a diplomatic or politically correct manner that masks and obscures their real opinion, Malcolm tells it like it is. Cutting to the chase and dealing with issues as ‘difficult’ as death and dying with eloquence and raw honesty.

That’s why I wanted to create this interview.

In my numerous conversations and email exchanges, Malcolm never hesitated to answer my questions – especially the ones about death, dying and the joy of living. I wanted to know what it was like and how he approached it with such strength and courage. I never felt sorry for him.

I felt he squeezed more out of every day
than most people do in a year!

This interview captures the true essence of a man who lived a full life and had the opportunity to meet death and beat it on multiple occasions against incredible odds.

This interview is not about the battle to stay alive, but an honest, unscripted and unedited interview about what it’s like to know the end is near and how you can face mortality with grace, dignity and joyful gratitude.

There are many people that cross our paths. Many don’t make an impression.

Malcolm made a life-changing impression on me. I live my life more in the present now as a result of seeing him deal first hand with life’s most challenging ordeal.

One last memory I want to share with you before you listen to the interview:

Malcolm attended one of my 3-hour Boardroom Briefing Sessions. He was in excruciating pain. But he forced himself to attend because he was fascinated with my Exponential Mindset Thinking™ approach to business and life. He was interested and intrigued. He wanted the ‘live’ performance and experience.

What makes someone do that when
they are living on borrowed time?

That’s what I want you to figure out for yourself. It’s Malcolm’s special gift to you.

I was only the conduit to bring this interview to you. It was my honor and privilege to make it happen. I am grateful to Malcolm for this priceless and timeless gift. Malcolm and I encourage you to share this interview openly and generously with anyone you come across that might benefit from his unique perspective. Take the time to send them the link and/or download the audio recording and word-for-word transcript.

Malcolm, we miss you, but we’ll never forget you.

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