The biopic documenting the life of Apple Founder Steve Jobs will be on screens soon. There are plenty of lessons to take from his innovative approach to life. I like the ones which flow from the memorable commencement speech he gave at Stanford University 10 years ago. That speech included these lines:
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.
I think there are a couple of key ideas in this section of the speech
- Your inner voice reflects your history, so it is best to pay attention to what it says
- If you set boundaries for yourself you tune out noisy and unhelpful opinions
- Caring about your self and others helps you move forward toward your goals
There is an extra bit of pathos in those words, since Steve Jobs knew his time was limited. He was living with cancer as he spoke (he died in October 2011).
Which 4 Letter Word Is More Important For You?
Is it Need? (meaning your wisdom and inner voice tell you something is necessary)?
- You are driven to take action because your bills need to be paid
- You need a more senior role in your organisation
Is it Love? (your overwhelming interest and pleasure in something)?
- Your achievements come from rising to a fresh challenge
- You are happiest producing an outcome that exceeds expectations
Will Need Or Love Drive You Forward Next Year?
Sometimes we can get so busy with life we lose sight of our driving force.
As far as I can tell Steve Jobs was driven by his love of a challenge and a desire to innovate. What’s true for you?
The people I have coached enjoy reconnecting with their motivation to be happier in themselves as well as more productive team players. Handy attributes to have, especially during tough economic times, when they focus is producing more, quicker and with less resources.
So, which principle – need or love – will help you with your goals next year? Use the Reply space to share your thinking with this community.
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