Steve Jobs: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”!

A post on the Worthwhile Blog, “The Wisdom of Steve Jobs” got me thinking…

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet 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. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

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.

In the flurry of information, media, blogs, wiki’s, podcasting and other trends, it becomes easy to “lose one’s way” and end up living someone else’s life. Whose life are you living?
If we’re not careful we risk drifting, in a passive state, content to be lead by the media and it’s trends. We become lax in our thinking and too easily succumb to the dominance by the minds of others. Passively accepting the thoughts of others, subtly affects the direction of our lives, usually leading us into disagreeable situations.

We desperately need to live our own lives, to burn our own trails, to breaking our own ground, following our own unique plan and purpose. This requires us to be passionate and proactive, taking charge of our thoughts, our lives, and the direction we’re taking. The place to start is with our thinking, taking charge of our thoughts, where and how they lead us.

How disciplined is your thinking? Do you take “time out” to think? I mean to really think! To think about the direction your life is taking, to think about who you are and who you’re becoming, to think about where you’re going and who you want to become!

– by George Ambler on Friday, July 1, 2005

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