In reflecting on Steve Jobs’ announcement that he is stepping down as CEO of Apple, the Wall Street Journal printed Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Standord University. Jobs elloquently recounts how he followed his own path to pursue what he loved in life despite what appeared at the time to be roadblocks. In the address Jobs says:
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When you, like Jobs, get to the end of your professional career, will you be able to say that you did not waste your time by living someone else’s life?