Wise words

August 4, 2012 at 6:05 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“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

Our life is full of experiential learning. Each day we wake up, we step out into the world, we try our best, we succeed, we fail, we build connection with self, others and the world around us, then reflecting on our experiences we alter or affirm our thoughts and actions. These alterations and affirmation can inspire positive changes, give us courage when we encounter challenges, empower as we move towards our goals or see us caught in a cycle of obstructing our own potential.

Throughout our journey we encounter wise words. Sometimes we are open and ready to listen, sometimes we are unable to process the connection because of our experiences or current thinking. Wise words resonate with something inside of us, our inner voice that connects with our vision, values and the contribution we can make when we share our gifts, talents and true self. This authenticity is the light inside each of us, that when it is shining, we and all those around us are inspired and energised by the journey. Just like the wise words above from Steve Jobs explains, this process requires courage.

Even with courage we question the path we are on at times. This commencement speech from Steve Jobs is a powerful reminder of the importance of authenticity and the trust and belief required throughout our daily thoughts and actions. As he discusses, connecting the dots looking forwards is impossible to do. We can plan and prepare but the only thing we can control is our thoughts and actions. An empowered attitude, supported by interdependent networks, and sharing and learning from wise words can assist us on our journey of potential, allowing us to connect the dots looking back. Consider who inspires you, usually it is people who are walking an authentic path. Enjoy writing your own story that will inspire others and bring joy and gratitude to your days.

 

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