In 1990 Steve Jobs skipped an Apple business meeting to take the person who would soon be his wife on their first date.
They met when Jobs spoke at a class at Stanford’s business school where Laurene Powell worked.
They exchanged phone numbers and Jobs was headed back to Cupertino for an important business dinner.
As Jobs is quoted as saying:
“I was in the parking lot, with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, if this is my last night on earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman? I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she’d have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we’ve been together ever since”.
Most of us are actually pretty good about setting priorities – that is, if we remind ourselves what is important.
And that’s the problem. Life gets in the way.
So to take the litmus test for what is most important when almost everything seems important by remembering the words of Harry Lloyd:
“Success is only another form of failure if we forget what our priorities should be”.
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