A quote Steve Jobs said to Stanford Graduates in 2005.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” Here is how I interpret what Steve Jobs was saying: Don’t drink just to make your friends, partner or anyone else happy, because then you’re just living someone else’s life. Don’t go places your friends’ want you to just to please them, because then you’re living someone else’s life. Don’t act a certain way and do things just because your friends want you to just so they will accept and like you, because then you’re living someone else’s life. Don’t dress and value what your friends tell you how you should dress and what you should value, because then you are just living someone else’s life. When you do things in the hope of pleasing someone else, making them happy, you are living someone else’s life.
This doesn’t mean that you live with total disregard or concern of others. If you’re married or in a committed relationship, you pay attention to your partner, you spend time together. You are flexible and do things to make your partner happy. If you have children, you spend time with them, teach them, educate them and grow together.
If I was to go to a friend’s wedding I will dress appropriately - wearing a nice dress. If I am hired by an employer or accept a job, I will do the job I am hired to do. If I say I’m going to do something then I do it, that isn’t living someone else’s life, that is being responsible.
This quote is important for people to know, because doing what makes you happy is a much better way to go through life then doing what others think is right.
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