What’s Holding You Back?
We have entered the era of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and I am amazed by the speed in which it has captured our attention and caused us to consider its impact on our personal and professional lives. I read with interest as Microsoft-backed OpenAI and Google’s Bard openly battle for the generative AI crown. This reminded me of the Microsoft-Apple battle that started in the 1970’s and the outsize roles both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had on shaping the personal computing era. Jobs, in particular, who founded Apple, Inc. in 1976, and passed in 2011 at the age of 56, caused many to pause and reflect on how a singular individual could have such an impact in the world. He was praised by the United Nations as a “global force” for mankind. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commented, “He saw what others did not. He believed above all else in the power of human ingenuity – to create ‘tools’ that people could use, that would not only improve our lives but, quite literally, change the world.”
What made Jobs so exceptional and how can you imprint your own special mark on the world?
I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer would be no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. 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.
The only thing you truly possess is time. We are all on an equal footing because we all are subject to the 24-hour day. Time is precious because it is limited; each one of us is allotted only so many 24-hour days. Time is the currency of your wealth. You set yourself apart by the way you spend it. Don’t waste this precious currency by wandering aimlessly or in fearful inaction. Build your faith in yourself by focused reflection and strategic action. Live each of your moments purposefully.
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