If Today Were the Last Day of My Life…
Would I want to do what I am about to do?
How many people can answer yes to that question?
Can you honestly say that you enjoy what you do?
We should all be so lucky, right?
Funny thing is… we ARE that lucky. Each and every one of us has a choice. We can either enjoy every moment or not. We can be grateful or not. We can create the life of our dreams or live someone else’s nightmare.
I don’t know why I started watching Steve Jobs interviews tonight when I should have been writing my blog. I just did.
As I watched from the earliest speech in 1980 to a game show parody with Bill Gates in 1983 to the unveiling of various Apple products over the next decades, I saw a brilliant man with an idea to help some friends turn an idea into a movement of simplicity and innovation.
Steve Jobs was a problem solver. He solved problems people didn’t know they had until he came up with the solution. People wanted to use computers but they didn’t want to learn how to use computers. He made using a computer simple.
He once said, “The older generation wants to know how it works, young people want to know what it does.” He sold what it does.
But most of all… he lived his passion.
I went looking for a quote that I’ve heard more than a dozen times by Henry Thoreau… just to find out he never really said it. The way I have always heard the quote is, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
What he actually wrote is:
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
It’s taken effort and hard work, but I believe I am getting wiser. I’m not perfect. I make mistakes. I learn from them. I continue.
I used to really connect with the song, Desperado by the Eagles.
I can remember listening to the 8-track of The Eagles 1980 Live and loving every time that song came on. It touched me someplace… someplace I don’t connect with anymore… and that’s a good thing. Not that I don’t like the song… I do. It’s just not speaking to me as if it were a part of me. It’s somebody else.
Growth is good.
A mentor of mine once said, “If you are green you are growing… if you are ripe you rot.”
Are you in a comfort zone?
Are you getting up every day, going to a job you hate just because you feel you have to?
Or are you living a life full of passion… full of purpose.
Speak your purpose loudly and with enthusiasm.
I know I do. And I know the rewards I am getting are real. Freedom is not just some people talkin’ — freedom is ME talking with enthusiasm about MY dreams. Freedom is YOU believing in your dreams. Freedom is US working together to dream a better dream.
Thanks Mark J. & Davene for putting an awesome course together. I love how it pushes me to places I was only dreaming of before. I love watching other people grow from this course as much as I enjoy reaching my own goals.
Now… I know… my dreams… come true.
Every day is a dream come true. Today was no different… but then again… it was. I reached a milestone today. It was a grand day.
Thank you to Cassandra, Carolynn, Walter, Mark, and Brad… your attention on my DMP was heart-warming and amazing. I felt the power of our mastermind… I am honored that you all shared in my dreams and I am humbled to be able to share in your dreams.