Fearless in the Face of Failure…
As the world mourns the passing of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, we have an opportunity to review the life and legacy of the man and his contributions to our way of life.
Funny, how those moments come, all too often, only after someone has departed this physical life experience. And it is all too easy to wax on and on about the success and triumphs one has achieved. Steve Jobs had many high moments in his illustrious life and career.
However, it was in his lowest times, when the Apple board of directors had ousted him, and the public embarrassment, which accompanied that…I mean, imagine being ousted from the company that he had co-founded. Ouch.
Yet, it was in the following five years that he truly took stock of his life, determined how unhappy he really had been, and then set out to reinvent himself, and the business he subsequently founded NEXT…which ironically, was bought by Apple Computers five years later.
The moral of this story for me, as I consider how Steve Jobs recovered, renewed and redirected his passion and energy for the next 12 years…is that we all have those seminal moments when life is pressing down on us like the 800 pound gorilla on your back. When we can’t even think about tomorrow, much less about what we will be doing five years from now.
But I ask, even implore, you to consider how the failures that you have sustained…whether in a career, relationship, finances, or all of the above, can actually be the fuel to propel you toward the next great time in your life. And that we, like Steve Jobs, will take what appears to be a failure and face it, flip it and push forward into a higher mindset and success.
I am committed to being one who sees the road behind me not as a path of failures and foibles, but as a map of choices that are leading me toward a brighter and better future. It is my prayer that you will join me on this not-so-yellow-brick road to our new Oz.
R.I.P., Steve. Thanks for your being fearless in the face of your failures…Peace.