I was reading an editorial this past week about a speech Steve Jobs gave at Sanford University commencement several years ago (the link to this speech is to your right). The excerpt that started me thinking was Jobs’ personal and very realistic observations on Death. Jobs said “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” Death is something many of us try never think about, at least not consciously. Our time on earth is scarce, some of us more so than others. “… death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
Jobs, went on to say, not to let something or someone else define you. Think for yourself and not necessarily what others think. Too many times it is easier to follow the crowd, to be accepted, to go with the flow. The most meaningful thing he said in his speech was, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become.” I believe this speaks to all of us, young and old.
I think of that comment and ask myself, am I where I want to be? Am I doing what I want to do? Then I go to a closing and when it is over the buyer does a cartwheel in the parking lot! I teach a class or write a blog and hear someone comment, ” Thanks, I learned a lot from that.” And when I have mentored someone and watch them grow and blossom into someone incredibly amazing…I know I am right where I am supposed to be and my heart swells with pride. What do you want to do with the rest of your life? Are you doing what you what to do?
Until Next Monday….