In Steve Jobs’ Biography Walter Isaacson writes “as usual, he was good at willfully ignoring inputs that he did not want to process”. We all find ourselves here. For Jobs, it was a big one. He was diagnosed with cancer. It was early enough to possibly cure.
These inputs show up most in our relationships. As we connect, work and create we expose the weakest parts of ourselves. Have you ever wanted to hang up on someone? Has a conversation left you red faced? If so you have experienced an input.
Like a chemical reaction, change takes place and we are never the same again. We have a choice each and every-time it happens. We can embrace the often painful experience that can make us flinch, letting it run its course. We choose to address the input and grow.
We can also choose to ignore.
“As usual, he was good at willfully ignoring inputs that he did not want to process”.
There is no softening this. It is one of the hardest things we can ever choose to do. What lies on the other side of it is humility, intimacy and vulnerability.
Best of all we connect at a deep part with those around us. We learn and we love. Most of all we change and grow.