Most of us have been been living our life on auto-pilot for so long that the thought of doing something (anything) different obviously scares the crap out of us. Sure we go through the motions. We say that we want things to change, but we don’t. We want approval.
We want to follow the established path, so if something goes wrong, we can’t be blamed for trying something that’s never been done. The problem, of course, is the fact that our time is limited so we can’t waste it worrying about whether we will succeed or fail, or what other people are going to think about what we’re doing. We just need to get on with it.
I remember reading a great quote from Michael Jordan that said, “We didn’t lose the game, we just ran out of time.” That’s the thing, given enough time, we really could do it all. We could learn all the rules, master all of the techniques, and still have time to do our own thing — but unfortunately that’s just not the way life works. We’ve only got today to do something meaningful, to create our art, and to connect with the ones we love. As Steve said, “Everything else is secondary.”
“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.” ~Steve Jobs