Pursue your passion: An ode to Steve Jobs

I’ve been called shameless. I suppose worse things too but that description comes up a lot from people that know me well. I don’t deny it, but my shamelessness is mixed with heavy dose of morals and is always in a pursuit of my passions. For many years now I have found appreciation in my ways through the great quotes of the late Steve Jobs. Business successes aside, Jobs seemed to have a great outlook on life and one that kept him living true to his values each day. Below are several quotes from Jobs and reasons why they resonate with me:

“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. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because 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.”

I’ve always been consumed by the thought of death. It is one of the main things that gets me out of bed in the morning and pushes me to achieve my goals. It’s not just about success though. Knowing that this beautiful dream could all come to an end at any moment makes you appreciate each second and find comfort in the chaos. Learning to see the world this way will help each of us lead a more fulfilled life.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.”

Slaton and I were talking about this exact thing recently. Pursuing a passion at all times is critical to being happy with what you are doing. We know as well as anyone that this is often times much easier said than done. No one is able to pursue their passions every day to the fullest. But it’s critically important that we try. Often times the worst case scenarios is that you don’t succeed but learn an incredible amount through the process and there’s a ton of value in that!

“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.”

It would be a lie to say I don’t care what other people think. We all do, it’s human nature. Take opinions as a grain of salt and don’t be afraid to say no or cast them aside. In the end, being true to yourself is the only thing that matters so make sure you feel this way on a daily basis!