Steve Jobs is an icon -- an icon of innovation. On the other hand 50 Cent or Curtis Jackson in real life is an icon of fearlessness; his book entitled The 50th Law co-authored with leadership guru Robert Greene is my personal black book of power – Nihil Timendum Est (Fear Nothing).
I am not a multimillionaire like them nor have I done something extraordinary like owning a multimillion recording industry nor a big name in the technological industry but we all have one thing in common – we all underwent tremendous physical pain to bring out true strength from within -- 50 Cent was stabbed and surgically underwent more than a dozen surgeries whereas Steve Jobs suffered from Pancreatic Cancer, which was the cause of his demise. I underwent two surgeries both for Breast Cancer Stage 2A and currently on my second cycle of chemotherapy.
Both of them I very much look up to.
As a breast cancer survivor and an ongoing chemosabe warrior (definition of which is an individual undergoing chemotherapy in ‘fight’ mode), I learned invaluable lessons from two men who have taught me to replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.
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The following are snippets of both the 50th Law and lessons from Steve Jobs that I wish to share with you in your journey to your own fearless “uncomfortable” zone; I have inserted my personal thoughts though in regular font format –
Fear is inevitable. What separates those who go under and those who rise above adversity is the strength of their will and their hunger for power.
See things the way they are. There are things/situations/circumstances in life where rationality cannot be applied. Being spontaneous has its wonders; it brings color to a dull life provided you stay true and YOU.
Your goal in every maneuver in life must be ownership, working the corner for yourself. When it is yours, it is yours to lose – you are more motivated, more creative, and more alive. The ultimate power in life is to be completely self-reliant and completely yourself. Be an original because everybody else is taken.
Do not give others the chance to pin you down; keep moving and changing your appearances to fit the environment. If you encounter alls or boundaries, slip around them and not collide head on with them. Do not let anything disrupt your flow… NO MATTER WHAT.
Be the best at your niche in the world but do not be so exclusive that a majority of the world cannot experience it. When I first started engaging in the world of social media via twitter I was totally ignorant of the how-to’s in terms of engaging in twitter chats hosted across the globe but thanks to a drug called determination I was able to slip around and got the hang of it and before I knew it I was in actual conversation with the icons of leadership and healthcare that I only read about in articles and books written by them. Hosted a chat once when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer.
I realized that it was not exclusive after all for myself and others not to experience its beauty and wonder – the niche of empathic and compassionate social engagement. Hats off to their humility and true warmth in welcoming me when I was starting off.
Communities such as the breast cancer social media (#BCSM), Carpool Health Community (#CPHC), Healthcare Leadership (#HCLDR), Medical Education (#MEDED), #HCSMANZ, #HCHLITSS, #PEOPLESKILLS, #TEDX, #MEDX and #DADCHAT, to name a few, who have helped me hone my personal niche in the world of social media in healthcare.
Note: At this point I vow to name all the mentors that have truly made a difference in both my personal and professional life in social media on my next blog. Truly grateful for their unselfishness.
I may not be the best but I believe that I am doing my best in making a difference in my fields of interest.
Lastly, Steve Jobs could not have said it any better but this is one lesson I mark in stone that he said in one interview with Forbes – Don’t mess around with your health. Health indeed is wealth. I need not expound more.
I end my blog entry for today with this quote, it pretty sums up the ones taught by The Rapper aka 50 Cent, The Innovator aka Steve Jobs to me, and that is -- Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”