In his inspiring 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, the founder and late CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, advised that we live every day like it could be our last as our time here is limited:
“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.”
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. 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.
The Value of Time
- To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
- To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
- To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
- To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask the person who was born on February 29th.
- To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
- To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
- To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
- To realize the value of ONE MILLI-SECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.
And remember that time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That’s why it’s called the present!
- Daily Calm with Tamara Levitt – Anahata
- Anahata (“unstruck, unhurt, unbeaten”) or heart chakra is the fourth primary chakra; it is a symbolic place within each of us where our human capacities originate—qualities like love, compassion and vulnerability. In Sanskrit, Anahata implies that our heart center is always waiting for us even when we feel angry or fearful. There is a loving place deep within us that never changes; all we have to do is turn to it.
- Daily Jay with Jay Shetty: Bronze Medal Thinking – Embrace your wins, whatever they may be.
- Research on counterfactual thinking has shown that people’s emotional responses to events are influenced by their thoughts about “what might have been.” The authors extend these findings by documenting a familiar occasion in which those who are objectively better off nonetheless feel worse. In particular, an analysis of the emotional reactions of bronze and silver medalists at the 1992 Summer Olympics–both at the conclusion of their events and on the medal stand–indicates those bronze medalists tend to be happier than silver medalists. The authors attribute these results to the fact that the most compelling counterfactual alternative for the silver medalist is winning the gold, whereas for the bronze medalist it is finishing without a medal. – When less is more: counterfactual thinking and satisfaction among Olympic medalists by V H Medvec , S F Madey, T Gilovich
- Counterfactual Thinking- When you obsess over what might have been for better or worse.
- Celebrate what is – your actual accomplishments. Go for the gold, but celebrate how far you got no matter where you end up.
- Daily Trip with Jeff Warren – Unforced: Less Interference, more satisfaction.
- The Japanese say we have three faces. The first face you show to the world. The second face you show to your close friends and your family. The third face, you never show anyone.
- You could be doing, knowing and feeling, but many of us emphasize knowing; no one knows. It is better to either change our thoughts, behaviour or focus on our feelings or sense.
- Best Advice: Don’t listen to anyone. Worst Advice: Don’t do the things you love
- Recommended: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD
- Rick Rubin Podcast: Tetragrammaton with Rick RubinRick Rubin | Broken Record with Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell, Bruce Headlam and Justin Richmond Pushkin
All the Best in your quest to get better. Don’t Settle: Live with Passion.