RIP Steve Jobs

“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.”
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

Great Quotes - On the second half of life

Great quotesWholly unprepared, we embark upon the second half of life… we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still we take this step with the false assumption that our truths and ideals will serve as before.

But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning - for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.

Carl Jung

Great Quotes - On fear of failure...

Great quotesFear of failure is actually overrated as an excuse. What people are afraid of is not failure. It’s blame. Criticism.

We choose not to be remarkable because we are worried about criticism. We hesitate… because we’re worried, deep down, that someone will hate it and call us on it.

That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard!” “Who’s responsible for this?”

Sometimes the criticism doesn’t have to be that obvious. The fear of hearing, “I’m surprised you launched this without doing more research” is enough to get many people to do a lot more research, to study something to death, and then kill it.  Hey, at least you didn’t get criticized.

Fear of criticism is a powerful deterrent because the criticism doesn’t actually have to occur for the fear to set in.

Seth Godin

Ann's Thought Provoker:

Where is fear of criticism acting as a powerful deterrent in your life?  What would you do if you absolutely knew that you wouldn't get criticized for it?  Who is the 'they' that you fear being criticized by?  Are 'they' really likely to criticize you?  What would happen if 'they' DID criticize you?  Do you really need to pay attention to what 'they' think? 

Just wonderin'...

Great Quotes - On becoming who you were meant to be...

Sandy Dempsey From the day we are born we set out on a path, a journey to discover who we are, what we are here for, where we fit.  We don't always recognize we are on a journey. We must first wake up, to become aware, to sense that there is more to life than what we see with just our eyes.  The awakening can be tumultuous and for many it is too painful.  Sometimes it is easier to stay asleep and just live life as it is presented to us.

Sandy Dempsey