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Steve Jobs On How To Start Your Day

Mark RaglandComment
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 am 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...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.
— Steve Jobs

I ran into this quote a few days ago and it has really pressed on me since then. From my vantage point at 26 years old, it seems to me that the majority of people in America spend most their days going to work at a job that they would rather not do. Why is this the case? For the money? If you would rather be doing something else, maybe adjust your spending habits so that you can afford to do work that you enjoy. I’m young and naive, but I feel like it would be a better life decision to do something you love and have less nice things than it would be to do something you hate just so you can have the possessions you want.

We need to make the things that we enjoy a priority in our life. What excites you? Preferably you can turn your passion into a job, but it doesn’t always have to. A life that is fulfilling can look a lot of different ways to a lot of different people. Maybe what brings you the most joy is providing for your family, therefore you don’t mind working at a job that you don’t “love” because it fuels the rest of your life and you get to enjoy your family.

However, if your days constantly feel like a drag and you dread the day ahead, then something has to change. There is nothing worth spending your days on this earth in a state of unhappiness. Change jobs, even if you make less money. Change your schedule. Change your habits. Change something.    

Maybe you can’t instantly switch over to a job you would prefer. Okay, that’s fine, but you should be taking steps that will allow you to eventually be qualified for the career you want. Or maybe, you’re like me, and you are unsure about what you want to do. Well, now is the time experiment, try new things, learn. You aren’t going to uncover any passions or dream career if you don’t keep your eyes peeled and take action.

I get it. Life is not tidy and you can’t always just quit your job and do exactly what you prefer to be doing. BUT as often as you can, make it a priority to follow your passions and use your gifts. Or at least make some time to pursue those things, it doesn’t even have to be your full-time job. Don’t just sludge through life, it’s not meant to be endured. You can thrive, but your attitude and your choices might need to change. Go, do what fills the fire in your belly.


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