Everything Else is Secondary

“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.” ~ Steve Jobs

And why is everything else secondary? Because you can’t give of yourself to others effectively, or encourage them to live authentically, if you haven’t done it yourself yet!

Please enjoy an incredible commencement speech, given at Stanford in 2005, by a man who never graduated from college. It’s about finding something you love to do, and not settling until you do. It’s also about living each day as if it were your last:

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

Jobs Apple Bio.


About CarolWiebe

Art entices, inspires, and delights me. Art is a vehicle for laughter, tears, wonder, enlightenment--taking me on a constant path of discovery. You can't say that about housework (except, perhaps, for the crying part).
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5 Responses to Everything Else is Secondary

  1. jeane says:

    I couldn’t agree more – staying on our own paths and not veering for every shiny new thing – it’s my mantra – good one Carol :)

  2. Carol Wiebe says:

    And if you are constantly veering, the navigation system can get so messed up that you may never get a clear sense of the direction you should be heading.

    The great thing about intuition, though, is that the muscles develop fairly fast if you really pay attention and follow the prompts! Even after extensive veering.

  3. I know I keep repeating myself, but this is so incredibly inspiring. I have saved a couple of his quotes to my “favorite quotes” file, to serve as a reminder. What a beautiful speech…

  4. carolwiebe says:

    I agree, SITG. He has had quite the life, and the major adventures started immediately. What he has accomplished is amazing to say the least.

    And I don’t mind if you repeat yourself (lol). I found it very inspiring as well. It’s just that we poets think we should always find another word for things ~ heaven forbid we should use an ordinary word several times!

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