Life is a Journey

by David Stewart (other articles by David Stewart)

Someone asked me the other day who I looked up to, who in the world inspired me more than any other.

I did not even have to think about that question. It is, without a doubt, the late Steve Jobs. Many people see this man as a two dimensional character. To them he is the man who created Apple and went on to revolutionise music and phones.


To me he was so much more. He was a young man who dropped out of mainstream college classes only to stick around on campus to pursue the classes that he wanted to do, not the ones that were required to complete his degree.

He is the man who followed his gut and his instinct and lived every day with passion. He is the man, who when he was dumped at age 30 by the company he founded, chose not to sink but to pick himself up again and dust him off to start again.

The next two companies he started were wildly successful and while one was Pixar, the animation studio, the other neXT was, in a quirk of fate, purchased by Apple, the company he founded many years before.

The evolution of Apple and its market changing products were born of his hardships. He says that his days in exile from Apple sparked his most creative phase of his life. Being sacked by his own company is what ultimately allowed him to make it the company it became.

He had some amazing insights into life.

“Again, 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.”

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Steve Jobs

Live every day like it’s your last, to borrow another line from Steve, death is the one destination we all share so live a life worth living while you are here.

 

05th July, 2016

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