The One Question You Should Ask Yourself Every Day

Katie Sweeney

Every day of his working life, Apple’s iconic founder, the late great Steve Jobs, looked in the mirror and asked himself the following question: If today were the last day of your life, would you want to be doing what you’re doing? “Whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something,” Jobs explained in a now famous speech to the 2005 graduating class at Stanford. An Inc. article that was published yesterday reminds us why we should all be asking ourselves the same question on a regular basis.

Author Minda Zetlin points out that it’s easy to ask yourself this question and answer honestly, but what do you do when you answer no? If you can’t get past Steve Jobs’s daily test, how do you change your life? Start by deciding if you would choose the career you already have. Zetlin says to consider “this thought-provoking question: 'Did you choose your career, or did it choose you?' Acknowledge that fear of failure may be holding you back. Imagine your ideal life, figure out the steps between here and there, then take the first step. Think it’s easier said than done? Read Zetlin’s story to learn her suggestions.

Hungry for Steve Jobs’s life philosophies? Buy the book Steve Jobs and Philosophy.  

Have you ever taken the Steve Jobs test?

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