A timely piece from Steve Job’s famous Stanford commencement address….
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. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
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.
It is a great listen and pushes all the right buttons.
I read Lynchpins a few months back and it has been kind of top of mind this summer in my daily journeys. Its about becoming remarkable, indispensable and doing things that matter. Acknowledging and accepting the resistance as part of being creative and inspirational and GETTING THROUGH IT.
From the interview….The days are over where we can expect Ford to open up a factory next door and pay us $120k to build cars. It’s OVER. What is replacing that is organizations big and small made up with unique individuals that are doing things that matter and most importantly without a manual. To do things that matter and to do them without a manual you have to get over the resistance and you have to learn to ship…..This economy is punishing the fearful and and increasingly benefitting those that are brave enough to be creative and generous enough to give it away. But to give it away you have to ship.
The single biggest part of Lynchpins that I think about is the Chapter on Shipping “Real Artist Ship”. Who said that? Steve Jobs (even when the antenna doesn’t work I guess). For me, there are thousands of things to get in the way of shipping – it can always be a little bit better if I just spend a few more hours on it – but value isn’t happening when something is still in my laptop or in my head. If it is going to matter, I have to ship it.
And to ship it – I have to confront the resistance.
Am I shipping today or am I giving in to the resistance. For me its not a philosophical question it is a daily challenge. Next