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Making The Something of Yourself You Already Are: An Ideal Worthy of Consideration

Updated on March 8, 2014

Using A Limited Resource

"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 other's 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." - Steve Jobs

Rev. Bruce S. Noll - Life Architect and Guide
Rev. Bruce S. Noll - Life Architect and Guide | Source

It's So Simple

Follow your heart and intuition! That was the admonition and encouragement by one of the most creative minds of our day to some of the brightest lights of our future at Stanford University in 2005. Follow your heart and intuition! How hard can that be and why did Steve Jobs feel it was important enough to reiterate, to stress that point to the graduating class of one of the top educational institutions in our country? We'll never know for sure, because time ran out for Steve Jobs, but not before he made his mark on our culture and community.

There is no curiosity here for me. What Steve said in this commencement address is so simple, it's genius. How did he know? That too, was simple, he determined at a very young age to do what he loved to do. He was aware of doing something you love, something that stirs your soul so incredibly that not doing it would be insanity!

Stanford University Commencement - March 07, 2005

What Are You Doing?

As I have stated before, I recommend adopting Earl Nightingale's definition of success, "a progressive realization of a worthy ideal." How does that fit with Steve Jobs commencement address? Simple! Contrary to overnight success stories most overnight successes take quite a long time to develop. It is the perseverance of the dreamer that continues to dream in the face of opposition and the strength needed to overcome obstacles stems from doing what Steve Jobs did...what he loved to do .

There is nothing new here. A fulfilled life is a life full and filled with a series of moments so loved that time is non-existent. So why do so many of us not get it? Why do we continue to struggle through life as if we're toting a ball and chain? I think the paradox here is that Steve gave this address in front of an audience seated at one of our most prestigious institutions of higher learning! What's the paradox you ask? If doing what you love is one of the most important keys to success then why don't we have a billion "Do What You Love" classes on every campus, school or place of employment? Better yet, why aren't we clambering for classes that will ultimately bring us the joy that each one of us has hidden deep within?

The Answer

Again, I believe the answer is simple. WE ALREADY KNOW! We already possess everything we need to dream and to do and to progressively realize a worthy ideal. In my humble opinion, we choose not to pursue it. We either get too distracted or are not truly in love with what we are doing. I know, I too experienced this malady for many years.

So, here is my challenge to each and every individual that experiences the anguish of not doing what they love or doesn't even know what that one thing is that makes their heart sing. Start right now; let your worthy ideal be finding your passion and then progressively realize it, and if you cannot do that yourself find someone who will help you. It's out there. Then Get Going!!!!

Steve Jobs will certainly be missed. But the legacy he left behind is inspirational...and can absolutely be duplicated. I know that too! I am living it right now!!! can you!!! Don't waste another second; follow your heart and your intuition!

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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      4 years ago from Asheville NC

      Being a gamble isn't always what it seems. But what I admire about you is you had and have the capacity to life into perspective. It is no small feat to sacrifice our dreams to love others and give them what they need. I am grateful for you my friend and I know sometimes we wish life would turn out differently. That's why our inner work is so important. Let's go on from where we are and make it the kind of life we want to live. Just because we didn't meet our own expectations back then doesn't mean we can't start from where we are today to make our lives robust and full. All that starts with love. Loving ourselves, and those around us. You Are that kind of man my friend. You are that kind of man!

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      Steve Coradini 

      4 years ago from Harrisburg, North Carolina

      Needless to say, I was who Steve Jobs was referring to in the first line of his vision statement. When I was working in the funeral business, I loved what I was doing but fear kept me in chains. Since I am not a gambler, because when ever I gambled, I lost. With that said, I became a slave to my employers. Yes, I was mostly treated very well but my time end energy wasn't my own. I has sold it to the devil for a weekly salary, health insurance and the reassurance that I could provide a stable life style for my wife and children. I never had the intestinal fortitude to think outside of the box, whether I was passionate about my dreams or not because I had a responsibility to the lives of my wife and children. I may have my accepted the lived but thankfully with age comes wisdom and I am still able to live life through my children and grandchildren as I unconditionally support them to invest in their dreams and aspirations.

      Having just been introduced to your hubs, I look forward to catching up on all of your writings. Thank you!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi GramDawg,

      I can't wait to hear that story!

      Thank you for reading one of my favorite hubs. I watch the 2005 Stanford Commencement Address regularly and I tell young adult men to watch it as well.

      Thanks for the vote up and welcome to HubPages, a fantastic community of people who love to write and share!

      Looking forward to the impact of Hub-life sneaking up on you!

      It helps me everyday because I meet myself in each new author.

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Bruce....So very nice to meet you. This hub is inspirational to say the least. Every word is so true and valuable...Steve was truly a genius with heart...may he rest in peace.

      I am thoroughly impressed with your writing style and know I will be reading each of your hubs, one by I continue to sneak my Hub-life into my Real-life...although I'm begining to see they may be one in the same..........Peace

      Voted UP ++++

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Kay!

      Welcome to hub pages. Thank you for reading and for joining our community. We're not perfect, but we're writing about it! LOL!

      I read your profile and look forward to reading your story, your life story. We all have one and some of us have been blessed to see it in it's rawest form. Though painful beyond medication, the deceit is balanced by a truth worth searching for. Sharing the expression of discovery is so healing. Welcome to the expression factory!



    • KDee411 profile image


      7 years ago from Bay Area, California

      That's a very nice hub, I loved Steve Job. I love my iPad and love your hub


    • KDee411 profile image


      7 years ago from Bay Area, California

      Hello Bruce, nice to meet you.

      I love your hub and Steve Job is the Hero of all time. He will never be forgotten for sure. I love my iPad as well.

      Very good hub and wonderful video. I don't even know how to add a Utube om my hub. But I take a one to one class each week at the Apple store. How can you beat it $100 for a whole years of private lessons.

      Vote up


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      Gary Eby 

      7 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Yes to the powerful, still voice within that will guide us if we listen. Excellent piece here. Thanks for your comments on my hub "What I Know." Keep passing forward the Light. For me, true success is all about finding that balance between mind, body, and spirit. Peace and Light...Gary.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Kevin!

      Thanks for the comment. I first saw this video right after it came out in 2005. It has grown on me ever since and more so since his passing. With 12 million hits on You-Tube alone I'm sure many more heard Steve's message and saw the video. The real question is, who acted on it?

      Thanks again for the comment. I greatly appreciate it!


    • KevinC9998 profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub, loved the Jobs video. Thanks, Kevin


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