What in the world can NotMoms learn from Steve Jobs, the Apple visionary who died yesterday at 56? Good stuff that will sustain you now and for the rest of your life. (And, thank Mr. Jobs for the iPad you may be using to read this blog.)
Start by realizing that 56 is not that old at all, but clearly, more than enough time to “put a dent in the universe” as he described it. The Wall Street Journal compiled a list of Mr. Jobs’ most memorable quotes, and here are the ones I think NotMoms should take to heart, even if you’ve never used an Apple product in your life.
- “You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it’s humorous, all the attention to it, because it’s hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that’s happened to me.”
- “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
- “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
- “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.”
And my personal favorite:
- “It’s more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy.”