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Get Inspired – in Little to No Time

Posted June 5, 2013 by Kristen Zavo in Building Your Brand

Remember When

Do you remember how you felt the day you graduated from college? The light at the end of the tunnel was finally there, and the world was yours.

So how did it go? Are you where you thought you’d be? Would your 22-year-old self be proud?

Somewhere along the line, life can turn into a series of meetings and deadlines, a game of politics where one wrong move can put you back a year or two. All of a sudden your goal is to survive, or if you are really ambitious, to get that promotion and climb the corporate ladder at a company where you might even spend your days complaining about it all with your grumpy coworkers.

I believe that if you are not happy, it is your responsibility, your duty, to turn things around – to get inspired, and then to take action toward the life you want!. You owe it to your younger self. With graduation speeches in full swing, now is a fitting time to do just that.

There are many great commencement addresses, but the one delivered by Steve Jobs in 2005 is classic. This is perfect to listen to for inspiration, no matter how short on time you are.

If (when!) you have 15 minutes:

Listen to the entire commencement address here.

Here are the Cliff’s Notes: Steve Jobs tells 3 stories, each with a lesson –

  • Lesson #1: Trust that everything will work out if you follow your heart.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

  • Lesson #2: Find your passion.

The only way to be truly satisfied is to do great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle.

  • Lesson #3: Be true to yourself.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose…Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

If you have 3 minutes:

Listen to this abbreviated version by Addicted to Success. This is great to watch often.

If you have 1 minute:

Ask Yourself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? If the answer is “no” too many days in a row, something has to change.

Your Turn

What works? What doesn’t? How do you stay out of ruts, and maintain the passion and zest for life that makes it worth living?

About the Author

Kristen Zavo

Kristen Zavo is a strategy and marketing professional, with a special interest in the retail industry. Having always been interested in the people side of business, Kristen loves to explore, reflect on, and share stories about the challenges and adventures of being a businesswoman. No topic is off limits - whether it's how to handle being the only woman in the boardroom, or figuring out how to to pack all the "essentials" for a 2-week business trip in just a carry-on! Outside of work, she loves exploring new places, spending time at the beach and meeting friends to workout (spin or yoga, anyone?!).