Saturday, October 8, 2011

Wise Words

Not to get too inspirational, but I read an Andrew Sullivan post yesterday about Steve Jobs and how he took, in many ways, the road less traveled. (Full disclosure: I'm writing this on a Mac Powerbook from 2004 that obviously still works. Love those Apple products.) Included in the post was a quote from a commencement speech Jobs gave in 2005 that I found thought provoking.
Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. 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 others' 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.
A good philosophy to remember whether you're sailing through the Caribbean or commuting into Cleveland. 

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