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 other’s 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.
~ Steve Jobs
I am currently reading The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation by Jay Elliot. Stay with me – this is not a book review (although I do highly recommend it).
It is a tale of the wonderful brain stuff that happens when a few somebodys tell you somethings you already know. However this time, they mix together in a new way to teach or remind you that life, regardless of our desire to believe otherwise, is good today.
During a meeting yesterday, I was reminded that building houses was not the most important thing we do. The most important thing we do is use our gifts and talents to afford the opportunity to create a moment in time better than when we left it – regardless of how much time that is.
Reading the thoughts of a man who knows Steve best, I am reminded that we are – with all our mistakes, flaws and missteps – amazing individuals. It is true that we do not always live up to our potential. We can become lazy, complacent and mediocre. But that is not because those things are who we are – it is what we do.
Today, I encourage you to slow down your brain for a second. I know that most of you are like me and 90 to nothing is all we know. But that type of consistent brain function, while productive for many of us, virtually annihilates the important process of reflection and effective consideration. Taking some time to swirl these ideas around in over stimulated brain matter has quite the soothing effect. Our time is limited. Our moments to create positive, effectual change is limited. However, instead of being frustrated by the limitations, the truth also exists that we are powerful in even having the moments to begin with.
Thanks for the coffee.
*Featured photo credit ~ Madison Groves
*Jobs Photo – Public domain