“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life and don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” —Steve Jobs
I believe one of the biggest lessons in life is to follow your own life purpose, and to be successful you need to do what you want, what makes you happy and not to be a people pleaser. So many people feel they have to live their lives a certain way because if they don’t they will offend or upset other people. This could be your parents, your teacher, your mentor, your friend anyone who tries to tell you what is best for you.
I am not saying, never take advice from others, of course we all need mentors, that’s why you are reading these words right now. What I am saying is find out what makes you happy? When I started my career, I worked as a secretary and I was told and made to believe because I did not finish school, I would not be able to do anything else with my life except work in administration or a shop. I actually believed that! In fact it took me until I was 40 years old to realise I was far more capable than that work that did not inspire me. I was actually working against my strengths and was working with my weaknesses.
Once I realised that I could and would have a career that suited me, I went for it. Did I fail? Many times? Did I ever give up? No, I did not.
Today of course I am the Editor of a successful online magazine/blog called Sydney Chic, and author, speaker and I mentor people too. I am living my life purpose and what I want to do not what others want me to do.
Excerpt from "The Jasmine in the Forest" book.