“Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” ~Steve Jobs
A few days ago we said goodbye to October and hello to November which means there is one more month left in the year, one more month before those New Year’s resolutions roll out and a significant chunk of your time has passed. The question now is, have you successfully spent this past year doing the things you planned at the beginning of the year? What have you placed the most value on this past year, spending time with family? Close friends? Making money? Learning a new skill or just sat in procrastination of another day?
The true joy of living is to live in such a way that when you reflect on your past there’s nothing but wonderful memories and unregretful moments. Remember there’s no such thing as ‘same day.’ It’s a day we itch on our mental calendar that comforts our soul when we’re too lazy to deal with life.
Reflecting on the past year Steve Jobs’ 2005 speech he delivered to Stanford University’s graduating class resonates still today. In it are some powerful words of advice given by a man who didn’t wait for someday. He followed his heart in pursuit of what he loved in life .
Here are a few excerpts from that speech. The full speech can be found here.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
©Etta D. Richards