“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect the dots looking back. 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!” Those were the words Steve Jobs spoke to the graduating class of Stanford University in 2005. Most of us have heard it and were in awe of what he spoke. I continue to listen to this speech almost every day. But how many of us have taken heed to those words and followed our intuition as he so eloquently stated? How many many of us are following our hearts and doing what we desire to do vs. what someone else tells us we should be doing? How many of us are facing the failures and challenges that we have experienced in life and allowing those challenges to launch us into our destiny? How many of us are refusing to settle for something we don’t want to do in favor of doing what we luv? Steve Jobs encouraged us to do what we luv and not to settle!
Yeah, Steve was one of the greatest innovators of our time but what I hope you understand is that not only was Steve Jobs one of the greatest innovators of our time but YOU too are one of the greatest! Like Steve, you have been given gifts and talents to create that which the world has never seen before. Make sure that when you transition you have used your gifts and talents for that purpose! Be creative in your thinking, confident in your ideas and bold in your delivery! The world will thank you!
But perhaps Seth Godin said it best with his Eulogy of Action. I hope that you will read it and take heed to it. I hope that like Steve Jobs YOU will embrace your legacy and use your gifts and talents to allow it to unfold. I hope that you will use your gifts and your talents, as Steve did, to leave a legacy that will fill history books and Facebook newsfeeds for years to come! I hope that you will trust the voice within you and follow it to your greatness! And above all I hope that you will always live your life first and leave the worrying behind! I hope you will always Eat Your Dessert First!