You Need Change When Your Days Aren't Worthy Of Being Your Last

"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: 'If you live each day as if it was 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 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." ~ Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs' passing has created many diverse responses from people all over the world. There's no question he had an impact, whether you loved or disagreed with the things he did to further technology. His accomplishments were possible because he was willing to change himself when his current choices weren't working. He wasn't afraid of taking drastic action to try and be better. That's a quality worth acquiring and admiring.

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says [Stanford University News]


    I'm sick of hearing about this kind of thinking.

    I daily wish I was doing something awesome in the IT field, but I made the mistake (and stuck with it) to do Law instead.

    There's no way I could bare going back to uni to restudy at this point in my life, and I can't keep living off my wife's wage anyway. Maybe in a few years I can consider doing a part-time IT course, but for the next few years I have to daily accept that my career life is NOT where I would like it to be.

    In other areas, my life is great, but it still feels quite sedentary. I would love to travel or do some mission work, but it all costs MONEY which we just don't have.

    So enough of this wishy washy crap, some people are stuck with their shit ok.

      No one ever said anything in life would be easy, especially the things you want. You have a stable life from the sounds of it and you would be giving up some of that stability to follow something you really wanted.
      But don't think its impossible, The 2nd year of IT could be paying you $60,000 and it only goes up from there.
      Im 19, 10 months out of school, finished HSC and didn't go to uni, i did a CISCO CCNA course at tafe in my spare time during my HSC but that is as far as my qualifications go. Did some work experience at some companies in the fortune 500 thanks to some nice connections but nothing super special.
      I love IT, did research in my spare time and UNI would only slow me down so i have the knowledge.
      Ive been working at my company for 7 months now, im now working full time as a sys admin for a software company managing windows/linux virtual/physical servers in the cloud and on a rack. it was difficult but because its what i love it wasn't so hard. Do what you love, its much more rewarding. besides they say the average person wildly changes carers 5 times in their lifetime.
      But you don't have to entirely move carers, IT lawer?

    Nath - like the millions and millions of others you've missed the point. The point is; don't stand-still and whine and mope about your sitiation, yes it might not be what you want today - then do something about it....keep making change towards your goal - don't be a victim of your own brain pretending and convincing you that you're not as awsome as he was. You are. And NO,it's not...OK. :-)

    wow, what an inspiring story. I wonder what the Stanford staff were thinking when he mentioned that S.U was one of the most expensive uni's in the country, and that he dropped out and he didn't find Uni useful. :P

    I admire Steve because he overcame adversity. He didn't let his mistakes knock him down, but instead keep pressing on. Most of all what a humble attitude towards life.
    I love the quote about connecting the dots. Nothing we learn is wasted.

    Nath, seems like this piece hit a nerve?

    There's 2 quotes I'll leave you with..

    "There were 2 men in prison, One saw mud and the other saw Stars"

    "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced." ~ James Baldwin


    You Need Change When... your taking life advice from websites that think your life is best spent reading about the latest iphone.

      Oh man you have no idea how good it is to hear somebody say that out loud...

    I like the idea of this, and it's inspiring to think about doing it, but it could also go terribly wrong.

    What if you take the plunge and decide to go back to Uni (like Nath should), but it falls through after you've already quit your job?
    Or you tell your best friend you're in love with them and it turns out it's not reciprocated and the relationship is now ruined..?

    I get the idea of what lambchop suggested, but at some point you have to make that big decision which can still end badly...

    “I visualized the thing I wanted – in my case, it was a helicopter – I drew a picture of a helicopter on a piece of paper, then I stood with my back to space, threw the paper over my shoulder and wished really hard.”

    ... “A couple of days later, bought myself a helicopter, Explain that one if you can!”

    No offense intended whatsoever. A man has died, and for that I pay my respects.

    What bothers me however is the general misconception of how great this man actually was, to some of the more knowledgeable people, yes this man did accomplish some great things, break the constraints of the sky, re-invent ''inventing'' though a lot , I dare say even the majority of people have decided that they love this man they previously knew little about since he has died. Death doesn't always equal nobility. This man has done an incredible amount of bad that came along with the good, the bad can't just be neutralised by the good. One instance, there is a factory in China that's built near a high edge that produces these Apple products, a sweat shop, with nothing but underage kids, they live in this factory, they are fed from within like a prison, and then work more, this factory has nets around it and the high edge, why? Not because the kids try to escape, but to stop the kids from jumping off and killing themselves. Sorry to ruin the parade, I don't mean to ruin the moment, or taint the memory of this man, but I feel it's shortsighted of people to decide that this man is great just because he died, after leading a major corporation in an era of rapid change. He did do great things, but it's important to know both sides of the story. Thanks for reading.

    Reality is a matter of perspective. We are all prisoners of our own minds. And who's to say that it's entirely accurate to begin with?
    For those who struggle with this idea, I suggest reading Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning". I sympathise with Nath. But I know he has more freedom than he can see.

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