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Follow Your Heart

Oct 20, 2011 Uncategorized 27 comments

I know I’m a bit late to the party, but I ran across this Steve Jobs quote while waiting in a doctor’s office. This was from a commencement speech he gave. Anyway, I had to share:

“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.

“Almost everything—the 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 . . . There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Definitely puts it in perspective. There is no reason not to follow your heart, people. Let’s do this thing!

P.S. If you haven’t heard Shannon Whitney Messenger’s amazing news, she had a book deal! A mega, super, awesome book deal. And she’s celebrating with a crazy fun contest that you need to check out by Oct. 22nd. Seriously, you don’t want to miss >>this.<<


27 Responses to “Follow Your Heart”

  1. Old Kitty says:

    I always follow my heart more than my brain! LOL!

    Yay for Shannon!! I continue to do a happy dance for her! Take care

  2. Everyone should take to heart that quote, Janet! It is the only way to live.

    And that Shannon has like a thousand congrads messages on her blog. (I might have exaggerated a teensy bit.) I am thrilled for her. *waving*

  3. Jessica Hill says:

    That's a great quote. I'm learning to follow my heart more than my brain…it's a work in progress!

  4. Slamdunk says:

    Good quote.

    If I could take the lessons I learned later in life and apply them to my youth, what more good I would have accomplished back then. It says a lot for mentoring.

  5. I don't mean to come across as Mr Sourpuss but alot of the quotes I have heard from Jobs are a lot of New Age mumbo jumbo. Mind you, he didn't do too bad for himself.

  6. Definitely a quote to take to heart.

  7. Abby says:

    I haven't heard that quote so I am so glad you shared. Yes – it definitely puts things into perspective.

  8. Beth says:

    His comments have been so inspirational. What a joy to be able to follow our passions!

  9. Bish Denham says:

    It is excellent advise. The older I get the more I appreciate certain things and the less I bother with others.

  10. Krispy says:

    I wasn't aware of all the inspirational things Steve Jobs has said until recently. This commencement speech snippet is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  11. That's a really great quote. 🙂

  12. I love that quote! Very inspiring. and I can't believe I haven't heard SHannon's good news. Heading over there now!


  14. Lenny Lee* says:

    hi miss janet! i been following my heart for a pretty long time. some time theres just nothing else you could do. you gotta trust what your heart could tell you.
    …hugs from lenny

  15. LTM says:

    I'm just as late to the party as you are! I didn't even know he was sick again. But we heard those words on the radio in the car, and my oldest said, "Did he know he was going to die?" and I said, "I guess he did."

    Impressive. :o) <3

  16. I read the Steve Jobs quote right after he died, but it doesn't hurt to read again. I wish I could follow it more. I'm trying!

    YaY to Shannon!

  17. WritingNut says:

    Excellent advice, and a great quote :)… SO incredibly happy for Shannon!

  18. Shallee says:

    LOVE. THIS. It's hard to keep life in perspective sometimes– thanks for sharing.

  19. If that quote isn't enough to give you a kick in the ass, I don't know what is. 😀

  20. Steve Jobs was pretty amazing, wasn't he?

  21. The man had some great quotes, and has left some kick ass legacy!!

  22. Emy Shin says:

    I first read that quote last week when he passed away, and it almost reduced me to tears. It really does put life in perspective.

  23. Tony Storm says:

    to be honest i try to listen to both of them, and see what they can agree on haha, but when i have to choose, i always go with mah heart

  24. Amie Kaufman says:

    I read those words too, and I've been giving them a lot of thought lately. Thanks for reinforcing!

  25. Biff Tanner says:

    Some great advice here.

  26. "There is no reason not to follow your heart" is the perfect mantra.

    Also, congrats to Shannon!

  27. Dawn Simon says:

    Such a great quote. It's so true. We should follow our hearts! And we are!

    Congrats to Shannon! That is HUGE!

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