“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, because this is the same conclusion that I came to over the past few years. I will never forget the day it hit me. 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 it that way, you will come to understand that although life seems long it is really too short to sit around not doing anything.
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 done nothing.
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. The biggest thing that I have seen is that people 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 exist.
More than anything I think what Steve Job meant by this quote is that sometimes, 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. Every day that goes by, where you do nothing, do something meaningless, or do not live up to your full potential is time wasted.
Every day 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. And once you have mastered these two concepts, that is when you will finally want to do what makes you happy and live the life that you are destined to live.
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 more you are not living at all. 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).
In closing, I say this. Life seems long, but it is short. Live every moment as if it is your last, because it very well may be your last. You only get one life. Each moment you will only live once. So chose your moments, live them wisely, are 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.