Follow Your Heart
February 14, 2023
Afraid of following your heart? Unsure of taking up something that you are passionate about? Putting off pursuing that dream you have always had?
Anytime anyone comes to me with a career or life dilemma, not because they don’t know what to do but because they know what to do but are worried about whether it will turn out well, I refer them to this priceless nugget of wisdom by Steve Jobs. This is from the famous commencement speech he gave at Stanford in 2005.
“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. Because almost everything — all 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. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”