Thursday, October 20, 2011

Follow Your Heart

I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I ran across this Steve Jobs quote while waiting in a doctor's office. This was from a commencement speech he gave. Anyway, I had to share:
"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.

"Almost everything---the 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 . . . There is no reason not to follow your heart."
Definitely puts it in perspective. There is no reason not to follow your heart, people. Let's do this thing!

P.S. If you haven't heard Shannon Whitney Messenger's amazing news, she had a book deal! A mega, super, awesome book deal. And she's celebrating with a crazy fun contest that you need to check out by Oct. 22nd. Seriously, you don't want to miss >>this.<<

27 comments:

Old Kitty said...

I always follow my heart more than my brain! LOL!

Yay for Shannon!! I continue to do a happy dance for her! Take care
x

Robyn Campbell said...

Everyone should take to heart that quote, Janet! It is the only way to live.

And that Shannon has like a thousand congrads messages on her blog. (I might have exaggerated a teensy bit.) I am thrilled for her. *waving*

Jessica Hill said...

That's a great quote. I'm learning to follow my heart more than my brain...it's a work in progress!

Slamdunk said...

Good quote.

If I could take the lessons I learned later in life and apply them to my youth, what more good I would have accomplished back then. It says a lot for mentoring.

Tony Van Helsing said...

I don't mean to come across as Mr Sourpuss but alot of the quotes I have heard from Jobs are a lot of New Age mumbo jumbo. Mind you, he didn't do too bad for himself.

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Definitely a quote to take to heart.

Abby said...

I haven't heard that quote so I am so glad you shared. Yes - it definitely puts things into perspective.

Beth said...

His comments have been so inspirational. What a joy to be able to follow our passions!

Bish Denham said...

It is excellent advise. The older I get the more I appreciate certain things and the less I bother with others.

Krispy said...

I wasn't aware of all the inspirational things Steve Jobs has said until recently. This commencement speech snippet is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

That's a really great quote. :)

Margo Berendsen said...

I love that quote! Very inspiring. and I can't believe I haven't heard SHannon's good news. Heading over there now!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

yay SHANNON!! Go ABLA! Go MIDDLE GRADE!!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss janet! i been following my heart for a pretty long time. some time theres just nothing else you could do. you gotta trust what your heart could tell you.
...hugs from lenny

LTM said...

I'm just as late to the party as you are! I didn't even know he was sick again. But we heard those words on the radio in the car, and my oldest said, "Did he know he was going to die?" and I said, "I guess he did."

Impressive. :o) <3

Theresa Milstein said...

I read the Steve Jobs quote right after he died, but it doesn't hurt to read again. I wish I could follow it more. I'm trying!

YaY to Shannon!

WritingNut said...

Excellent advice, and a great quote :)... SO incredibly happy for Shannon!

Shallee said...

LOVE. THIS. It's hard to keep life in perspective sometimes-- thanks for sharing.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

If that quote isn't enough to give you a kick in the ass, I don't know what is. :D

Angela Felsted said...

Steve Jobs was pretty amazing, wasn't he?

Christina Lee said...

The man had some great quotes, and has left some kick ass legacy!!

Emy Shin said...

I first read that quote last week when he passed away, and it almost reduced me to tears. It really does put life in perspective.

Tony Storm said...

to be honest i try to listen to both of them, and see what they can agree on haha, but when i have to choose, i always go with mah heart

Amie Kaufman said...

I read those words too, and I've been giving them a lot of thought lately. Thanks for reinforcing!

Biff Tanner said...

Some great advice here.

Missed Periods said...

"There is no reason not to follow your heart" is the perfect mantra.

Also, congrats to Shannon!

Dawn Simon said...

Such a great quote. It's so true. We should follow our hearts! And we are!

Congrats to Shannon! That is HUGE!