I’ve been recently struck by the impact Steve Jobs’ passing has had on all of us. The night he died, I received a flood of texts from friends asking if I had heard the sad news. That was a unique experience that speaks to the importance of this man in our world.
He is one of the greatest examples in our culture of someone willing to think big and stick to his guns at all costs. He was even fired from his own company at one point! Only to come back and make Apple the powerhouse that it is! Jobs spoke as a college speaker during the 2005 Stanford commencement. In his speech, he told the students:
“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.”
This advice is deeply profound and a reminder to us all that we simply do not have the time to run around living someone else’s idea of what we should do. It is our time to attack with full vigor the greatest goals that we have for ourselves.
While most of us will not follow a similar path to Jobs, we can follow in his powerful mindset. And even though, as Steve Jobs once said, “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
What can you do today to, as Jobs also once said, make your own “dent in the universe?”