following your heart

do you wake up in the morning happy to go to work?

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like – ‘If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right’.

It made an impression on me… and since then, for the past 33 years I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself – ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today’. And whenever the answer has been, ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

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”

steve jobs, stanford university graduation speech, june 12, 2005

I’m sure you’ve seen this quote before, but I thought it was worth posting. When I first read it, it striked my malaise of work unhappiness right between the eyes. It got me thinking differently.

So…..do you get up in the morning jumping with joy for your working day ahead?

5 comments

  1. Hey Marie – lovin’ the new look! Yes I gotta say I always look forward to waking up in the morning, contemplating how the day will pan out! I’m very fortunate that I dont have to go into an office everyday, so the variety of my day is always… well a bit a mash up of exercise, working with clients, working on by business/projects, pottering around the house and catching up with friends or just myself – YAY!

  2. when I read the words you write, I feel like you are sitting next to me talking and giving me advice. These are great words! And I love “you are already naked; there is no reason not to follow your heart.” I will be quoting you :-) I love it, the best way to say be happy and just go do the things you love. I needed this read this am so thank you.

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