When I woke up this past Tuesday morning and headed into Manhattan, little did I know that this week is the kind of week that I will remember for the rest of my life.
On Tuesday, almost simultaneously I noticed a tweet from a good friend of mine in Northern Virginia just as I got a call from my wife about the largest Earthquake in Virginia in over 100 years (we have plenty of family in the Earthquake area).
On Wednesday evening, as I was catching up on the day’s emails I got word along with everybody else that Steve Jobs, one of the greatest entrepreneurs in U.S. history, was resigning as CEO of Apple due to his health.
On Thursday, the New York Yankees became the first team in all of baseball history, to hit three grand slams in one game.
And, on Friday, I found myself preparing for Hurricane Irene, one of the largest Hurricanes to ever hit the New York City area.
On Saturday, today, these events got me thinking about what is really important as I await Hurricane Irene with my family.
I thought back to a Thursday afternoon conversation with Tom, a successful business owner, who reminded me of Steve Job’s 2005 Stanford commencement address.
On the train home that night, I pulled up the transcript of the speech on my phone.
And as I write this blog, I am just finishing watching this 15 minute speech which I had not done in a few years.
The speech has three great stories and a number of memorable quotes that will resonate with any ambitious owner.
If you haven’t done so recently, watch the speech now and think about what is important in your business and personal life.
This week and this speech are the perfect backdrop to understanding how the daily tactical items relate (or do not relate at all) to what is truly important in your business.
As Steve Jobs says towards the end of the speech “Don’t Settle.”
You owe it your employees, clients, and family. But, most of all, you owe it to yourself.