My Facebook News Feed is flooded with inspiring quotes in honor of the visionary Steve Jobs, who died much too young yesterday. This one is my favorite.
“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.” Steve Jobs
Although impressed by a number of his accomplishments, what inspires me most is his belief in our ability to shape our lives, to dream our future into reality, and to trust our intuition. Each of us will not necessarily impact the world in the dramatic fashion that Steve Jobs did, but if we do everything we can to live our best life, to be who we want to be, and to do what we want to do, we increase our likelihood of being successful, fulfilled, and of making lasting difference.
There is inspiration all around us:
A friend of mine worked for years at brokerage firms knowing she wanted to be a nurse. September 11, 2001 finally prompted her to apply to nursing school and start doing what she knew she was intended to do. I admire her decision and the sacrifice it required.
Another friend is finally starting nursing school after years of working toward completing her prerequisites while simultaneously caring for triplets and moving around the world every few years as her husband’s military career demanded. I am in awe of her persistence and patience.
A former graduate school classmate has returned to school to obtain her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing. She juggles a demanding academic program with two small children and a part-time job. I respect her determination and ability to balance her personal and professional life.
Are you thinking about going back to school? Are you thinking about becoming a nurse? How hard are you willing to work for it? What is holding you back?
Your time is limited.