I always admire people who have awesome ideas that they work hard to see to fruition. People who love what they do and it shows. People who pour their hearts and souls in to living up to their full potential. Who go against odds and do what others think is impossible. Who create inventions so powerful, they change the world we live in. For the better.
There was Edison, who gave us the incandescent light bulb. Hadaway, who gave the electric stove. Spencer, the microwave. Gorrie, the refrigerator. Zworykin and Farnsworth, television. The Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) at the Dept. of Defense, the internet.
These are all things I cannot imagine living without. But the list goes on…
If you’ve been to Houston, TX during July, you know why I have to add Carrier’s air conditioner invention to my list of must-haves.
Also–whoever came up with Medela’s double electric breast pump, making it possible for me to feed my babies mommy’s milk for eight months each, is pretty friggin’ cool. And I’m super thrilled with whoever made my Hewlett Packard 3-in-1 printer too.
Of course, Gates founded Microsoft.
Aaaaaaaaaand Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer hardware and software industry with Apple.
I like reading about the lives and values of such icons to learn how they achieved their dreams. I study them to learn secrets to their successes.
So what makes someone like Steve become the legend he is? Well, he loved his work. And he had the courage to follow his heart and his intuition.
These are memorable quotes from Steve Jobs’s 2005 Stanford commencement address where he doles advice to new graduates:
“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.”
That’s exactly why I started writing novels. I absolutely LOVE writing.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
That’s exactly why I write what I write. Regardless of who is uncomfortable with the controversial subject matter of my stories–I have stories to tell. And since I’m the one doing the writing, I get to decide what is appropriate and what isn’t. There’s freedom in discovering that.
Besides, there are plenty of others writing Christian fiction and self-help books.
Are you doing what you love? Or are you still listening to what others have to say about who you should be?
To read Jobs’s full commencement address or to watch the video, go here.
To find out about other inventions that make life a little easier, go here.
RIP Steve Jobs.