Steve Jobs Inspiration {Think: If Today were the Last Day of My Life}

I love learning from successful people, in fact, it’s one of my driving factors.  Something that motivates me to keep pushing forward with my website business and 9-5 career.  This past week I was greatly motivated and inspired by a show about Steve Jobs.   Learning about how he started, his drive, and ability to do something he loved without focusing on money as his ultimate goal was mind boggling to me.  I’ve always heard the saying, if you work at what you love, money will come to you, but for some odd reason it hit me even harder when I heard Steve Jobs’ quote during a Harvard speech.  He said,

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘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’m sure for some people this quote will click hard but others will just think it’s plain old deep and obvious, missing the meaning of it.  I hope you’ll hear the click:

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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.

Listen to Steve Jobs full Harvard speech