“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.”
– Steve Jobs
It was in 2011 that we lost one of the most inspiring figures of our generation – Steve Jobs. Six years have passed but he is far from being forgotten. Why? Because he gave the world its’ infamous ‘APPLE’, the most celebrated Smartphone. And, as long as the humankind keeps using an iPhone, Jobs’s name would be taken alongside. Do you think he would have been able to give this world, Apple-Disney-Pixar, had he not followed his heart? Had he not been in love with his job? Had he given up thinking, what the other people would think of him? Had he given up because of his encounters with failure? The answer to these questions is a big ‘NO’.
“It’s impossible”, said pride. “It’s risky”, said experience. “It’s pointless”, said reason. “Give it a try”, whispered the heart. And if you ask the cost of not following your heart. I’d say- a lifetime of regret, thinking that it could have been better, had you followed your heart. It is always a better bet to try and then fail, rather than having to live wondering ‘what would have happened had I tried’.
A lot of people hate their jobs, which is incredibly sad considering how much time of our lives we spend at work. Life’s too short to waste doing something you don’t enjoy and there will be something out there you’ll love so much it won’t feel like work, so don’t settle till you’ve found it.
The greatest prison people live in, is the fear of what other people think. And the moment we start caring about what the others think of us, is the moment we stop being ourselves. We can never control the filters that others choose to look at us. There are innumerable dreams that are made to commit suicide only because of this fear. You know what, caring about others is useless. Most people don’t even know what they think of themselves. And for the handful of ‘judgmental’ people, we should feel sorry, for they have a boring life. Instead of being fearful, be jealous of them for they have all the time in the world to worry about things that are none of their business.
Winston Churchill has very rightly said, “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” And why not! Even the most successful people in the world got rejected from jobs and failed at some of their endeavours. Success doesn’t come overnight. You can still achieve great things despite failing, as long as you stay enthusiastic and don’t let yourself be knocked down.
To sum it up – Always, always, always- listen to your heart because even though it is on the left, it is always right. None of us is going to live forever. So whatever time you have, get out there, get your hands dirty, do what your heart says, do what you love or don’t do it at all. You only live once, make sure it’s worth it!