Steve Jobs narrating "The Crazy Ones". He understood. He was one of them ... the crazy ones that is. A misfit. A nerd. A visionary. A Buddhist with an ego. A man who had his own ideas, and didn't much care what anyone else thought. He absolutely knew who he was and where he was headed. He followed his heart. He was a leader. He gathered his tribe around him and went to work.
His address to the Stanford Graduating Class of 2005 will stick in my mind forever. Part of that address included this quote. "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." He inspired me.
Steve Jobs died today at the age of 56. Too early. Too soon.
Recently, during an address at another function, knowing full well he stood toe to toe with death, he said this. "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.
Why is it then that we are afraid to be all we were meant to be. What would it take for us to break free from societies 'conditioning' and reach for the stars, become the leaders we were meant to become, gather our tribes around us, grasp our dreams and live our very best life. Sounds easy. I've been working on it for some time. I often ask myself what it would take for me to simply take that giant leap forward to exactly where I want to be ... damn the torpedoes ... no safety net ... the Universe will catch me. I'm still searching for answers. I guess that's why Steve Jobs inspired me. He wasn't afraid.
Steve Jobs was born out of wedlock, put up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. Not exactly what you might call 'born with a silver spoon'. What excuses are we using. What lies are we telling ourselves. Think about it. I am.
Today I want to use one of Steve's favorite quotes. It happens to be a Wayne Gretsky quote.
"I skate to where the puck is going to be. Not where it came from." Wayne Gretsky