At a time when there is so much sickness all around us, I found this speech by Steve Jobs, who died a billionaire at age 56, inspiring and so fitting for everyone. This was his final essay:
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In some others’ eyes, my life is the epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, my wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on my bed and recalling my life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in have paled and become meaningless in the face of my death.
You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you, but you cannot have someone bear your sickness for you. Material things lost can be found or replaced. But there is one thing that can never be found when it’s lost – Life. Whichever stage in life you are in right now, with time, you will face the day when the curtain comes down.
Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends. Treat yourself well and cherish others. As we grow older, and hopefully wiser, we realize that a $300 or a $30 watch both tell the same time. You will realize that your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you fly first class or economy, if the plane goes down – you go down with it.
Therefore, I hope you realize, when you have mates, buddies, and old friends, brothers and sisters, who you chat with, laugh with, talk with, have sing-songs with, talk about north-south-east-west or heaven and earth, that is true happiness! Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. So, when they grow up, they will know the value of things and not the price. Eat your food as your medicine, otherwise you have to eat medicine as your food.
The one who loves you will never leave you for another because, even if there are 100 reasons to give up, he or she will find a reason to hold on. There is a big difference between a human being and being human. Only a few really understand it. You are loved when you are born. You will be loved when you die. In between, you have to manage!
The six best doctors in the world are sunlight, rest, exercise, diet, self-confidence and friends. Maintain them in all stages and enjoy a healthy life.”
Something to Think About
It would have been easy to be bitter and sad at the end of his life, but Steve Jobs took the time and effort to deliver one final message, and for most, it’s considered to be his greatest ever!
Let this message sink in and become an inspiration to invite the “six best doctors” to help you make changes in your own life – then share with a friend or loved one who might be inspired to do the same. Send a handwritten note to five friends for a powerful way to create connection as well.
Words of Wisdom
Life’s battles don’t always go to the strongest or fastest; sooner or later those who win are those who think they can. – Richard Bach
Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business. – Zig Ziglar
Some men see things as they are and ask why…I dream of things that never were and ask why not? – Robert Kennedy
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. – Og Mandino
Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them. – Ann Landers
Steve Jobs’ message is a great reminder about the importance of self-care. These are busy times for agents and brokers. Know that if there is anything we can do to lighten your load or help you succeed with more ease and less stress — we’re all in. Just give me a call and let’s have that conversation!
Bruce L. Bleiman, Broker-in-Charge
With Passion for Life and Giving Back