Live fully and don’t retreat

This quote is attributed to Mel Brooks, that brilliant, funny mind that brought us so much laughter. I love what it says and would love to live it out personally.

Have you read all the tributes to the late, great Steve Jobs, founder and saviour of Apple? One of his quotes that has been all over the blogospher is “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” 

It was taken from a commencement speech he gave at Stanford University in June, 2005. He had already been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the time of the speech, so perhaps mortality was more on his mind. There are many wonderful bits of advice in that speech, not the least of which are his final words to that group “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

This advice is a bit different than that of Mel Brooks, but, to me, says a bit of the same thing – keep going, and be true to yourself.

Have you ever been at a life crossroads and had to choose a direction? Sometimes it feels like jumping off a cliff, sometimes it feels like a warm embrace, but both occasions require you to go forward, and not retreat.

I’ve been studying that a lot lately and have found inspiration in all those that seek to make a difference and elect to do things that are so very cool – especially, when I read about accomplishments by some that happen later in life.

What about you? What are you moving toward? How and where do you find the courage? What inspires you? Care to share?

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3 Responses to Live fully and don’t retreat

  1. Great post Karen! Wanting to “do what I love” is what led me to leaving the field of law and pursuing a career in real estate, despite the dismal market. In the end, you cannot let external factors detract you from pursuing something you really want to do.

    • karenwatson says:

      Great words of encouragement, Simple Manhattan! I’m embraking on a journey that is not fully mapped out – it is both scary and exciting. I’m encouraged by your experience!

  2. Diane says:

    I am glad that you are jumping off the cliff!

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