A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a friend with a perspective from Steve Jobs. I was moved by his words and the truth behind them. I thought it appropriate, after his death to pass along these words of wisdom. Below is an excerpt from Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address to the graduates of Stanford University.
”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. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, 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.” ~ Steve Jobs
I printed this out and put it on my office wall where it is easily seen and reminds me of what is and isn’t important. While I still work more hours than I should, I’m making it a point to follow my heart. Fortunately, I’m already doing work that I love and after presenting seminars for a number of years I have gotten over any fear of embarrassment (it’s easier not to fear things that have already happened.)
So in the midst of all your hard work, remember why you started the winery, your passion, enthusiasm and the sheer joy of making wine. Don’t worry about things that may never happen and think more about what you have accomplished, than what you haven’t.
Kia ora (to your health) New Zealand