The lovely Beth posted a link on facebook with quotes from Steve Jobs. While I am a Mac girl, I mostly clicked on the link because I love quotes and I loved the one Beth posted:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
I love the quote! A lot of the happiness books I’ve been reading talk about how you need to be happy at your workplace because you spend so much of your week working. Given that two (almost three!) of us at my office have happiness projects, it’s a pretty inspiring place.
Another quote stood out to me because of my desire (and let’s face it, a need) to focus on simplicity:
That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
It almost makes me feel like I can someday teach my brain to slow down and just focus. It’s probably a lot easier said than done, but there may be hope for me yet. But the complexity of my life (aka: my ability to make seemingly easy decision difficult) got me to where I am today, which leads me to the final quote I loved. It’s something I’m a firm believer in:
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
Can you tell I love quotes and being inspired? (Not to mention the number three….again. It really was unintentional.)