I am not a fan of taking onboard the gratuitous wisdom of supposedly successful business people.
Live your life, not someone else's
In my view, most of them conveniently overlook the role that good fortune has played in their success.
That said, every now and then a truly successful person comes along and changes the world forever -- and somewhere in their litany of pontifications there is a pearl of wisdom.
One such person was Steve Jobs, who said: ''Don’t waste your time living someone else’s life.''
When listening to the speech to a graduating class at Stanford University, in which he first uttered these words, I could not help thinking how so many human beings live a life that is less than authentic, a life that is not their own.
So many people live to please others. This is so common that there is a name for them, people pleasers. These people go out of their way to please others.
But they are not alone. Most people I have met in my life spend a significant proportion of them behaving in a way that is acceptable to others or, at the very least, not behaving in a way that is unacceptable to others.
While recognising his talent, I have never been a fan of Frank Sinatra. But I do love the lyrics in one of his signature songs:
And now, the end is near
I've lived a life that's full
Regrets, I've had a few
I planned each charted course
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
I've loved, I've laughed and cried
To think I did all that
For what is a man, what has he got
Yes, it was my way
Frankly, (no pun intended) I don’t see the point in life if it is not my own.
And I don’t see the point in considering, let alone taking into account, what other think of my actions.
You only have one life and it is short, so why live for approval? It just makes no sense at all.
As I get older, I find that I care less about what others think of how I live my life. It is my fucking life!!