Steve Jobs was a visionary pure and simple. I remember the headlines the day he passed away – “The world has lost a great visionary” they said. And they were right. It’s not often that you come across such creative intelligence, that there was little wonder that he made such a huge positive mark in the world of technology, and beyond.
He was an individual that connected with his creative mind a way that many never achieve. He was able to realise that massive potential. I remember watching his Harvard speech, it was inspiring to say the least. When you listen to the words he speak, really listen you will start to understand the possibilities and true potential that is in each and every one of us.
Join the dots
As Steve mentions in the video you can only join the dots when you look back in life you can’t join the dots looking forward. Trust that you will see and understand how everything fits together as you journey through life. Some things might seem to have no relevance right now, but yet you’re mysteriously drawn to them. In Steve’s own life he talks about how he went to a calligraphy class which he was totally fascinated by. How this would help him in his career he had no idea at the time, but when it came to releasing the Mac, he used this knowledge to create a computer that had beautiful typography. He knew how to use his life experiences in a positive and creative way – he made creative connections every step of the way. We often learn things in life but don’t put those learnings into action, and this alone holds us back. Yet if we were to take what we’d learned and join the dots in more creative and innovative ways, then we would come up with so many ways to solve problems, create a new business, redefine out lives.
Listen to the voice within
We spend so much of our lives, listening to others or absorbing information, that we can often ignore that voice from within. As Steve says in his speech, we spend a great deal of our life responding to external forces that we fail to connect with our own inner voice. A voice that if we are careful, patient and pay attention to, can reveal much more than we could ever think possible. By learning how to use our subconsious mind, we can tap into that inner genius and use the powers of creative visualisation to help shape the life that we want to lead. But we must learn to trust in this voice because it hold more wisdom than we can really understand.
There are many ways to do this, with mindful meditation being one such way. It should be something which is as much a part of life as breathing and eating because without it we’re making life harder than it ever needs to be. Meditation give you that calm, inner feeling, one that allows you to remain open throughout your day to the opportunities and possibilities that abound. The value is immense and will take you far beyond what you conciously think is possible. According to Inc Steve practiced ‘Zen mindfulness meditation to reduce his stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity’.
“Don’t let the noise of other’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” Steve Jobs.
Time: the most precious resource
Our time is the most precious asset that you will ever own. Use it wisely. It is interesting in the video that what Steve learned most about life, came when he was faced with death. It was in a time of ill health, that this was brought home to him. Living every day to the fullest and live it like it’s your last. Have no regrets and if there’s something that you’re wanting to do in life, then do it. There should be no excuses.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Steve Jobs