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Words to Live By

What words or ideas help you make big decisions? 

November 10, 2014

Steve Jobs famously mentioned a poster he saw as a young boy and how the message stayed with him throughout his life, helping him to know when it was time to make a change. The poster Jobs remembered said something to the effect of “If you live each day as if it were your last, one day you’ll most certainly be right.” 


I also saw a poster when I was young and the words on that poster have helped me make some big decisions, too.  Mine said, “A ship in a harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for,” and I often see the quote attributed William Shedd.


That one saying has always stayed with me and I often recall it when faced with an opportunity or a threat.  It has helped me make some major life decisions, embracing the unknown as an adventure worth having, rather than being content with the comfort of the known. I’ve certainly made some great decisions by embracing the risk – and weathered some uncomfortable weather – and, for the most part, been glad that I left the harbor. 


Are there words, ideas, or sayings that help you make the big decisions, either personally or professionally? 



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