“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
These monosyllabic words were the last of Steve Jobs’ life. There’s really no way of knowing exactly what the impetus was for that final utterance. How thought-provoking, though, to posit these words as those of a man looking back on a short, yet extremely fulfilling, life. Arguably one of the consummate entrepreneurs of recent generations, Steve Jobs did what all entrepreneurs dream of doing: not only changing the face of an industry, but changing the way we live.
No doubt you’ve had some of those “Oh, wow” moments yourself: moments when you take a step back, look at what you’ve created and, for a moment, revel in your accomplishment. Perhaps you’ve experienced this in your business. Maybe your “Oh, wow” moment came at your college graduation. What was your last “Oh, wow” moment?
How did Steve Jobs do it? How was he able to live a life that affected people on a global scale?
In Jobs’ eulogy his sister, Mona Simpson, spoke about what made Steve, Steve – and in turn, what made him successful:
“Steve worked at what he loved. He worked really hard. Every day… He was never embarrassed about working hard… He was willing to be misunderstood.”
One of the great parts of life is finding what you love. One of the even better parts of life is getting paid to do what you love. As a Brand Partner with Nerium International, you’re most likely seeing people getting rewarded for their successes. And hard work seems easier when people are doing what they love. Ask any of our Brand Partners who have earned their LEXUS Bonus – was it worth it?
To some people, work is always an arduous task. After all, “if work was fun, they’d call it something else.” We try to have fun while we work, and we hope that being a part of Nerium is fun for you. Through our Core Values and company culture, we strive to create an environment where our Brand Partners are able to reach their goals and achieve their dreams. This isn’t to say that you don’t have to work for these goals; however, we do want you to accomplish what you set out to do, and we want to support you along the way.
As Steve’s life drew to a close, Mona spoke of the change in his breathing, saying that it “indicated an arduous journey, some steep path, altitude.” We’ve all felt that sensation of pushing through a laborious journey, be it in our personal or professional lives. And we’ve all had that moment of exhilaration when we can finally exhale, let our shoulders down, look at what we’ve accomplished, and say “Oh, wow.”
As part of a journey, there are challenges. There are the “no’s”. There are the events with low attendance. There are the misunderstandings. Rather than letting your spirits lag, try to view the letdowns merely as build-up to your next “Oh, wow” moment.
And when you reach that moment, soak in it. Survey what you’ve achieved. Think of the struggles. Remember how you overcame them. Reflect on those moments that made you smile. And take pride in what you created.