04 Oct Your Time Is Limited, So Be True to You
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.
Whether you like Steve Jobs (or Apple Computer) isn’t the point.
Jobs’ quote reminds me how often I let my inner voice get drowned out, or at least watered down, by the opinions and thinking of other people.
Learning how to trust myself —really trust—myself is hard.
Why? Because it takes courage and self expression. It requires a willingness to share a slice of who I am, to live my dream and not someone else’s, to not let fear get in the way.
Even writing this blog requires a new level of courage and transparency for me. On the one hand, I am opening myself up to critique, but I also feel an incredible sense of fulfillment in following my intuition and inner voice and sharing my voice with friends, clients, and strangers.
Whether you are creating wealth or pursuing other passions in your life, I hope you will do them in a way that expresses you and who you are.
We can all take a lesson from artists who do this all the time.
In fact, this past weekend I was strolling through an art fair on the streets of Santa Barbara. I was drawn to some of the art, but more importantly, I caught myself observing the artists sitting in their booths, letting others see and experience their work, proud and confident in what they had created.
Moving in a new direction, creating something new, or following the lead of your heart isn’t always easy or comfortable.
But, I believe that trusting in you is a skill that can be learned and honed with practice.
After his much publicized liver transplant, I can’t help but suspect this quote now rings even truer for Steve Jobs.