Posts tagged ‘inspiring’

The big choices in life

A great quote from Steve Jobs:

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–all 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.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.


Brick walls

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time:

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.

– Randy Pausch

This quote is a good reminder for me today and everyday. It’s my encouragement when things are hard. Instead of getting frustrated, I try to use my stubbornness to my advantage. From rock climbing I’ve learned that I can get up just about anything if I stick with it long enough.

Randy Pausch was a Carnegie Mellon professor who passed away in 2008. Before he left us, Randy gave one last inspiring lecture on Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. It’s worth watching if you haven’t seen it already.