What Steve Jobs asked himself every single day

Monday, June 18

Steve Jobs gave a speech at a Stanford University Graduation Ceremony in 2005.

He described three events from his life, that shaped how he went on to create the mighty Apple empire, now the most valuable company in the world.  He mentioned how each day, he would look in the mirror, and ask himself: 

"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" 

He continues.

"Whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something."

There is no way that all of us would be able to answer Yes to his Question every single day.  But a No, for a few days (or Weeks) in a row, is likely to be a sign that we need to make some lifestyle alterations.

My own experience with Melanoma Cancer earlier this year has made me so much more aware of the value of each day.

Jobs achieved more in the 56 years that he was on this earth, than most of us will manage in our combined lifetimes.  And he LOVED what he did.  

Ultimately, it's the love that counts more than the financial reward or the global recognition.

This speech, together with a few other factors, resulted in me resigning from my job today.  I've had too many "No's" recently.  For whilst I love the nature of my work, if it were my last day, I would rather that it was my own practice that I was going off to, and not to work for someone else.

Jobs was told he only had a few months to live after the first time that he was diagnosed with Cancer.  He knew what it felt like to think he may not have many more days, and he used this to drive himself to not only work in an industry that he loved, but to excel in it.  It turned out that he had different cancer to what was initially diagnosed, and not only months to live, but carried this feeling with him always.

He goes on to say:

"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 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. Everything else is secondary."

Regarding my own lifestyle change today: 

I am anxious but excited. Nervous but delighted.

And so maybe ask yourself tomorrow.

"If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"

If you would like to see his Speech:

Have a Happy Healthy, it's a "Yes" Day

Lulu x

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