Steve Jobs was one of the last great innovative creators of our time (full disclosure: I am an Apple junkie!). His 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University is full of all sorts of quotable quotes, all of which are designed to motivate a new class ready to take on the world. But this one is my favorite of them all:
Does it get any more real than that? We’ve all heard “Life is short” and while that is true, it doesn’t really dig into the essence of what that means. It isn’t enough to know that life is short. It’s what you do between the dates that counts. Even more to the point, that what you do is what you love, not what some abstract “they” (whoever they are) thinks you should do.
Think about it like this: if you were to write your own eulogy today, what would you have to say? Would it make you happy? Would you have accomplished all that you set out to do before your final date on Earth arrives? Everyone’s definition of success is different. But it doesn’t matter what it looks like, all that matters is that it’s your definition.
Steve Jobs knew all too well that his time was limited. And because of this knowledge, he lived his life and not someone else’s. I think it’s safe to say, we have all been touched in some way by his unwillingness to live someone else’s life.
Are you living your best life? Are you living your life? If not, what are you waiting for?
Write freely, love fearlessly, live intentionally.