Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Power Is Always Within

I love learning of the mind power of successful people. What makes them get up every morning to try something that is insane without faltering in the belief of their product is truly encouraging. Last night, when the world lost Steve Jobs at such a young age, my mind stopped for a moment. 

What if he never believed in himself?
What if after the idea for Macintosh came into his mind he quickly hushed it?
What if he never let himself feel the fear of failure in creating something so amazing that it has changed the way the world works?
What if he never tried? 

He did believe.
He didn't hush his bold ideas.
He didn't let fear define and rule his life.
He took a chance because he knew that he had nothing to lose.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."
Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech 2005

"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."
 Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement speech 2005

Thank you Steve for impacting the world, you have been a true inspiration.


  1. i'm so sad that he's gone.

    on a lighter note, loving the look of your blog!!

  2. cuuuuute makeover!

    I was thinking the same thing about Steve and so many others who have overcome SO much more than a silly marathon...

    I doubt at the end of our lives we will be complaining about never beating our PR, but instead look back on our running 'careers' as something we loved because of our passion for the sport and all the growth that came because of it!

    Hoping to see you SOON!

  3. That first quote about death is so powerful and truth! Really puts your life choices into perspective

  4. Love the blog makeover. I was stunned when I heard he had expired at such a young age. He did great things that have improved everyones lives.

  5. I love the blog makeover! I hear you about Steve Jobs what an incredible visionary. Can you imagine if everyone were so incredible with their potential? Truly inspiring.

  6. WOW. just wow. seriously some powerful quotes. so true about loving what you do with your whole heart. inspiring!

  7. I love this Britt! did you get my message today? sorry I was a rambling giddy mess! lol just so excited for you!!! I love the blog makeover and I love this post. This is so true. SO TRUE. Come on people, LIVE YOUR LIFES POTENTIAL!!! we have so much inside us!!

  8. Steve Jobs was such an inspiration!

    Love the new makeover :)


  9. The quotes are so inspiring. I felt a profound sadness when I heard the news of his death.

    See ya tomorrow :)

  10. SJs passing has made us all pause and ponder I think. Don't settle. That about sums it up.

    Kill it out there on Sunday girl! I'll be rooting for you!

  11. I'm registered with Athlete tracker and ready to stalk you!!! Thankyou for your comment. Tomorrow will be living proof of how one can bounce back-hey!!! Go smoke out that sub 3:10 which you are SO very capable and SO greatly deserve! Well over 1000 miles....phenomenal 8K PR, a 10 mile PR, a HM PR. You've proven yourself in ability and mentality. I can't wait for you to just reap the benefits and run the reward for this!!!! I will be thinking of you the whole race and virtually cheering FOR you every time you cross a timing mat!