Sunday, October 16, 2011

Steve Jobs Connect the Dots/Steve Jobs Day

Steve Jobs 'Connect the Dots' speech he delivered at Stanford University in '05 was the first time I used quotes in my yoga class.
I noticed how nicely the words of a 'non yogi' fit into class and from then on, I did, Historyoga, taking an historical moment, finding an intention for a whole class to focus on and supporting that intention by using quotes from 'non yogi's' to show how yoga is everywhere and in everyone.
I've been doing it now for over a year and although some people don't 'get it' when I describe it, I think of Jobs and how people didn't necessarily 'get him' when he first came on the technical scene.
I love creating new ways to look at things. I'm no steve jobs, but I'm Lady Yoga and I'm always thinking outside the mat.
In honor of one of my favorite role models, along with Loren Michaels, Carol Burnett, Tracey Ullman, Winston Churchill, Goethe, Henry Ford, Mother Teresa, Albert Camus, Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, Picasso, Denise Austin and, well, Oprah. Here's to those who blaze paths and inspire yoga in everything.

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.” SJ

Trust yourself to think big, make a difference and have an impact in everything you do every day for the betterment of a healthier whole. You can’t do this alone. SJ

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."-SJ

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” SJ

“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.” SJ

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. Benjamin Franklin

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. Oprah Winfrey

Passion is the genesis of genius. Tony Robbins

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. Napoleon Bonaparte

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Edgar Allan Poe

With out passion you dont have energy, with out energy you have nothing. Donald Trump

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Carl W. Buechner

A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.
- Chin-Ning Chu

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves. 
– Blaine Pascal

Nobody can be successful unless he loves his work. 
David Sarnoff

When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn. 
— John Wesley

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. 
— E. M. Forster

Who then is free? The wise who can command his passions, who fears not want, nor death, nor chains, firmly resisting his appetites and despising the honors of the world, who relies wholly on himself… 

Chase your passion, not your pension. 
— Denis Waitley

Anyone can dabble, but once you've made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it's very hard for people to stop you. 
- Bill Cosby

There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson. 
— Anthony Robbins

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. 
— Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. 
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it. 
- Jack Canfield

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. 
— Ray Bradbury

I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got. 
- Walter Cronkite

Passion is the element in which we live; without it, we hardly vegetate. 
– Lord Bryron

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire. 
- Aristotle

Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel. Our reason is the pilot that steers her. Without winds the vessel would not move and without a pilot she would be lost. 
– Proverbs

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. 
- Albert Einstein

I didn't want to repeat my parents' life. I saw in their lives a routine and a lack of dreaming, a lack of the possibilities, a lack of passion. And I didn't want to live without passion. 
- Hugh Hefner

And in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire. 
– George Macdonald

What I got from Steve Jobs - that your past failures are tomorrows success. You CAN have it all by connecting the dots from your past passions and believing in them. People still might not get my historyoga or Lady Yoga but they still come to my classes and it still works.

'It' will always work if you believe in it.

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