In 2003, Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Imagine the impact this must have had on every aspect of his life. Everything must have changed from this point forward. His life would never be the same. If you know someone who has fought, or is fighting cancer, you probably have an idea of how significant a “cancer” diagnosis is to every aspect of their lives.
Here is what Jobs accomplished AFTER his diagnosis:
2003 – iTunes
2006 – Apple TV
2007 – iPhone & iPhone “Apps”
2008 – MacBook Air
2010 – iPad
2011 – iCloud
If Jobs was able to spearhead all of this while battling pancreatic cancer, what might we accomplish?
It’s obvious that Jobs spoke the truth in his 2005 commencement speech:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important thing I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life, because almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
Hopefully, you’re not fighting a life threatening illness and thinking of what Jobs accomplished while battling cancer may bring some perspective for what you might accomplish.