Steve Jobs, one of the world's most influential inventors, died today.  If you have the slightest interest in pursuing a personal vision, this 15 minute video is a must watch. And if Steve Job's innovation has impacted your life, you will like these three life lessons even more.

Life Lesson #1: FUTURE ORIENTATION- You have to trust in something.

  • Trust that it will all work out in the end.
  • Dropping out of college allowed me to “drop in” on what I wanted to learn.
  • Most of what I stumbled in on turned out to be priceless down the road.
  • Trust that the dots will connect down the road.
  • You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only looking backwards.

Life Lesson #2: LOSS AND LOVE- You have got to find what you love.

  • I was lucky I found what I love to do early in life
  • After 10 years and building a 2 billion dollar company with 4000 employees I got fired.
  • I had been rejected but I was still in love.
  • It turned out that getting fired from apple was the best thing that ever happened to me.
  • The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again; I was less sure about everything.
  • It freed me to enter the most creative period of my life.
  • And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
  • If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, don’t settle.  As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

Life Lesson #3: DEATH - Your time is limited, so don’t waste it.

  • When I was 17 I read a quote, "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you will most certainly be right."
  • I have looked myself 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?"
  • Remembering that I will be dead soon is the most important tool I have ever encountered to help me make the big decisions in life.
  • You are already naked, there is no reason not to follow your heart.
  • Death is the destination we all share.
  • Death is the best invention of life. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
  • Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
  • Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition- everything else is secondary.
  • Stay hungry, stay foolish.
Topics: Date: Oct 6, 2011 Tags: Apple / death / life lessons / personal vision / Steve Jobs

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I want you and your ministry to experience the benefits of stunning, God-given clarity. As a pastor turned vision coach, I’ve worked with an unprecedented variety of churches from growing mega-churches and missional communities, to mainline revitalization and church plants. I have the privilege of being the founder of Auxano, a church consulting group and Younique, a personal vision and life planning training company for the church. Most people know me from two of several books that I have authored: Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision and Create Movement and God Dreams: 12 Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church's Future.

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