As children, we learn to dream big. We learn that we can be anything we dream of and go anywhere we want to in life. We learn that nothing is impossible. But eventually, most of us become weighed down by the perceived chains of daily obligations, financial circumstances, and, above all, fear of failure. We begin to encounter obstacles that persuade us to believe that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, or just plain “enough” to reach the dreams we once had. This thought process ultimately forces us to settle for something less.
In this respect, Steve Jobs, the late founder and CEO of Apple, was not “one of us.” From the time he was young, Jobs refused to be held down by the fears, problems and obligations that others may have seen as bars to success. He lived his life as if the rules (whatever such “rules” are) simply did not apply to him. In fact, “Jobs’s (in)famous ability to push people to do the impossible was dubbed by colleagues his Reality Distortion Field.”
As you watch the video below of Jobs’s commencement address at Stanford University, consider the significant but ordinary obstacles Jobs encountered throughout his life and career. Compare them with who and what he ultimately became. Then take a few moments and remember some “big dreams” you may have had that somehow got thrown by the wayside. Think about what got in the way of achieving them, and let Jobs’s way of life inspire you to achieve at least one of them, however long it may take. If a college dropout who got fired from his own company could do it, there’s no reason you can’t do it too.