“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” –Steve Jobs
I would love to take on this quote as my own but Steve Jobs (someone way more successful than myself) came up with it first. But when you really think about it what he is saying is so true. When reading this quote you have to ask yourself “How much time have you wasted living someone else’s life?”
When you really think about it, the moment that you are in right now can only be lived once, there is no going back and there are no do overs. Once the moment is gone, once you age, or once your life is over then it is over. When you really view your life that way, you will come to understand that although life seems long it is really too short to sit around living someone else’s life. Wouldn’t you much rather live your own?
I believe that what Steve Jobs meant by this quote is that there are so many people in this world that have so much potential or have so many dreams but instead they have become complacent and do nothing or listen to other people on what they should be doing instead of listening to themselves.
There are people in the world who want to start their own business but they don’t. And as a result they sit in a dead in job that they hate day in and day out making someone else rich. Or what about the people who are so busy trying to be like someone else, that they try to re-create the other person’s life. The down side that is that they are not that other person, and they will always fall short because they are trying to imitate someone that already exists. And re-create a life that was only meant for that person instead of trying to create their own life.
It is okay to be selfish (click here to read my blog on being selfish). It is okay to know what you want and most of all it is okay to go after what you want. Everyday that goes by, when you do nothing, do something meaningless, or do not live up to your full potential is time wasted.
Everyday that you go through trying to be someone else or live someone else’s life is pointless. You have to be yourself because everyone else is taken . You have to know yourself because you will be spending your whole life with you.
So many people allow other people to dictate their life choices. People allow their families to tell them what job to take, what school to go to, who to marry, where to move, when to have kids, who to have as friends, what car to buy; the list can go one and on. But the more you allow other people to dictate to you what you should and should not be doing the less time you are spending learning to make decisions for yourself.
All you are doing is following the commands of someone else and allowing the other people to live their life through you. You have to stop caring what other people think and living your life by their standards. (Click here to read how not to care what people think).
Live every moment as if it is your last, because it very well may be your last. Tomorrow is promised to no one and there are a lot of people in the world looking back and there life wondering where all their time went and how they just let life pass them by. Wondering why they spent their life living someone else’s life instead of living their own. And by the time they come to this conclusion they feel like it is too late.
So choose your moments, live them wisely, and more importantly live them how you want to live them. Follow your own dreams and not the dreams of someone else or dreams that other people have planted in your head. No one is going to believe in you more than you believe in yourself. You were created for a purpose. It is up to you to find out what that is.