Timing Is A B*$^! But Your Attitude Doesn’t Have To Be

I still remember the day, just like any ordinary workday I was counting down the hours till the clock hit 5pm and I could leave the office to begin my love affair with the weekend ahead. Bored with no work to do, I began googling articles and stumbled across the infamous Steve Jobs Commencement speech.

It’s been over ten years since he spoke to Stanford’s 2005 graduating class, but that speech still captivates me today.

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked 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?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”

– Steve Jobs (CEO and Co-founder of Apple and Pixar Animation Studio)

Me, like all of you reading this, know change all too well I’m sure. I embrace change, especially when I’m the one initiating it.

After a two-year hiatus, I decided this was the year to finish my degree. I have a lot of time outside of my full-time job, and one day, came to the realization that I would have completed my degree program by now had I not taken the two-year break.

I’m enrolled in online classes through Arizona State University. I think it’s evident the appeal of online school: flexibility. However, as I’m quickly realizing having a whole week to turn in assignments doesn’t mean the homework load is any less. Actually with these accelerated terms, we are flying through work at a fast pace.

I’ve gotten into a daily routine of work from 9am-6pm and home to do schoolwork from 7pm-11pm (give or take, some nights I stay up later, others I’m done earlier.) I’ve been dedicated to keeping this schedule Monday through Thursday every week since late August and in the beginning of September I found out we were closing on our new house no later than the end of the month.

Over the weekend, thinking about everything that still had to be done, I started feeling slightly overwhelmed.

“And this too shall pass….”

Just as we all get the same twenty-four hours in a day to make the most of that time, we all encounter change in different facets of life. And it’s up to us how we deal with it. In an article I read, the author shares how changes occur with time, through circumstance, and day to day.

Trying to stay on top of homework, while incorporating packing up a 3 bedroom 2-bath house that I’ve been living in for the past several years to say is stressful would be an understatement.

When it all started settling in over the weekend, I was getting emotional thinking that this will be one of my last weekends at the house. I’ve moved my whole life so I don’t know why that sentimental feeling came over me now.

I’ve always been an optimistic person. I came across a book while doing research for my homework assignments this past week. The book title is self-explanatory and appropriately titled, Learned Optimism” by Martin E.P. Seligman.

To bring this full circle, I close with how I started this post.

Steve Jobs is a popular household name, known for his creativity and innovation. And after listening to his speech, I heard something powerful that day. He said don’t lose faith. Having faith, in whatever it is you believe in, requires hope.

It was not because of a college degree, but the fact that even through all the unforeseen changes in his life, Steve Jobs managed to become the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Apple and Pixar Animation.

I, obviously, never knew Steve Jobs. Whether or not optimism was a way of thinking that came naturally to him or developed, I find it hard to believe his outcome would’ve been the same had he not had a determined, positive, and hopeful outlook on what his future could be.

Information Sources:

Goldfine, M. (2015, June 9). Three Routes For Personal Change. Retrieved from https://medium.com/tell-me-your-story-and-experience/three-routes-for-personal-change-ce80732b4255#.d68lnl9sn

Seligman, M. E. (2011). Learned optimism: How to change your mind and your life. Vintage.

Yarow, J. (2011, October 6). The Full Text Of Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Speech. Business Insider. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/the-full-text-of-steve-jobs-stanford-commencement-speech-2011-10

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