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Steve Jobs: Fortitude Exemplified – by Ashley Boynes-Shuck

I didn’t think I would be as affected by the death of a stranger as I was about the passing of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. However, I was very saddened at the news of his dying.

I learned to type and wrote my first book on a Macintosh computer in 1992. Now, in 2011, I use my iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and iMac to do what I do on a daily basis — writing, advocating, creating, and reaching out to others. I credit Mr. Jobs – or, at the very least, his inventions – with helping to shape my life and who I am as a person.

As a person living with chronic illness, another thing I greatly admired about Steve Jobs was his ability to continue to innovate and inspire, while handling his ongoing health problems with humility and class. He created and touched lives in spite of his illness. He continued to imagine and dream, while battling a disease that wouldn’t go away. These are all things that I strive to do in my own life. He was an example of fortitude and strength. From being adopted and dropping out of college to later battling cancer, Jobs never let anything stand in his way of success and doing what he loved.

I think we can all take a lesson from this man who, in his own way, really did change the world. I would like to leave you all with some inspiring quotes from Steve Jobs, that we can all apply to our own lives. May he rest in peace.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“You  can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“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.”

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.”

“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”


Stay Well,

 Ashley Boynes-Shuck

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PS: The Mid Atlantic AF, Ashley Boynes-Shuck, & this very blog are mentioned in The Rheumatologist in the Patient’s Care, Patients Caring section of this article, below. This is via the American College of Rheumatology “Rheumatologist” magazine/journal: “It’s Not Just EHRs Anymore: Patient-centered information technology is an increasingly popular way to help manage complex diseases” by Neil Canavan ~ http://www.the-rheumatologist.org/details/article/1332731/Its_Not_Just_EHRs_Anymore.html

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