If there is one thing you ask yourself, what would that be and what have you been up to answer that question? Steve Jobs is known to do ask this questions every day in front of the mirror: “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to be doing what you’re doing?” And the answer of course is always a yes for him. He is as passionate as he was when he first started Apple up and until the day before he died of pancreatic cancer.
Can you say the same thing for yourself? Will you be passionate enough to answer yes every time you ask that question? Here are 3 questions you can certainly ask yourself to challenge Steve Jobs’ daily exercise.
- How tired are you?
Are you “good” tired and eager to rest after a long productive day? Or are you exhausted and weary that you dread another day of doing the same thing over and again? If you answered the first one then at least you know that you are using your talents in a way that you find rewarding and that you are heading towards the right direction.
- Did you smile at work today?
We all need jobs to make a living, this is a basic necessity in life but if you are too stressed coming home and you tend to just sulk in the corner of your office looking at the clock and counting the seconds that you will be gone from the office, then it’s not worth it! However, it is a fact that there are no perfect jobs, as always, there will be times that long hours are inevitable and grumpy co-workers will dampen your spirit.
But if you could find a reason to be happy and smile that you’ve accomplished just one thing, even how big or small, then that’s awesome. Smiling at work means you are still ardently seeking for the good around you and that your daily routine does not drain you and you still find fulfillment in the seemingly daunting task you have every day.
- Do you have regrets?
What do you regret about living your life and working for your boss? Do you feel the need to work and contribute to the growth of the company? Or are you just one of the many who clocks in and out each day just to make ends meet? When you are not happy with your current situation, you tend to regret what you have right now, rather than focusing on what you could have done better in the moment. Sometimes, the fear of failure causes the biggest regrets we have; not taking chances and not proactively doing something about it. But one thing is for sure, sometimes you’ll succeed but most of the time you will fail and its’ okay, it’s better to try and fail than to spend your life having regrets and thinking what could happen and if you could have succeeded, had you acted upon it.
So if you ask yourself again, “If today were the last day of your life, would you want to be doing what you’re doing?” Would you hesitate to answer it? Or just like Steve Jobs, you will almost immediately answer with a big resounding YES!
It is important that you know where you’re heading, what you are trying to achieve, and how you are going to achieve it. It is also more expedient that you love what you do and you will never have to say NO to the question anymore!