Sunshine Says: Steve Jobs

As we all know Steve Jobs passed away earlier this week. I admittedly never heard of Steve Jobs until I was at the gym a few weeks ago and CNN was covering the story of him passing the torch of his title at Apple. Upon his death I realized what an interesting man he really must have been. I put together a few quotes from his Commencement Address at Stanford.

1.”Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” 
Life is full of choices. When we wake up in the morning we have a choice to be happy. We have a choice about what we do with our day. If you don’t like the choices that are in front of you, change them. You have to make your own dots. You have to help shape your own destiny. Don’t expect life to just hand you your journey, make it happen and then when all the dots do finally connect you will look back and be satisfied. 

2. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

I have an amazing job. 99% of the time I wake up and I am excited and happy to go to work. I got lucky. I figured out what I wanted to do with my life when I was 13 while doing a Denise Austin workout video. I got sidetracked a few times believing there might be something better but I always came back to Fitness. You spend more time working than on anything else for most of your life. You should enjoy it, you should love it. If you are stuck in a job that you don’t love than figure out a way to get satisfaction from it, be it financial freedom, or schedule flexibility, or an opportunity for the next step. If you cannot find some kind of satisfaction in it, then open up the classifieds and move on. Why are you wasting time?

3. “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
I like to set goals. I set daily goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, and yearly goals. These goals ensure that I am doing things that make me happy, checking things off my bucket list, and experiencing something new as much as a I can. They give me something to look forward to. I change them often. I also make sure they are fun and not feel like a burden. I’ll share some of my most recent goals:
Daily Goal: Take a new workout class at the gym. 
Weekly Goal: Make a new recipe using a new ingredient. 
Monthly Goal: Read a book on a topic I’m interested in. 
Yearly Goal: Take JB on a long weekend trip to somewhere we’ve never been. 

4.“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.”
Life moves fast. Create your own world. Carve your own path. Believe in yourself. At the end of the day the only person who really needs your approval is yourself. If something doesn’t “feel” right to you, then its not right for you. If your gut is screaming NO! then listen, and get the hell out as fast as you can. You will never regret that you took the leap, that you took you a chance, you will only regret that you didn’t because someone else told you not to. 

5. “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
These were Steve’s parting words to the Stanford graduates. Two simple, two word sentences. Learn everyday. Don’t pretend you know everything. Ask questions. Try new things. Get off your couch and go be something, an entrepreneur, a good friend, a good parent, a teacher, an athlete, be anything you want to be and don’t stop trying till you find out what fits for you. 

In Health, 

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