Your Inner Voice

By Keely Ray. Keely, 16, is a student at Westwood College. She lives in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And more important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” These words were spoken by someone who changed the future, someone who will forever be remembered for his wisdom and knowledge.

Steve Jobs. Steven Paul Jobs was an American entrepreneur and self-employed businessman, mostly known for founding Apple. I truly believe that Steve Jobs is an inspiration to the world, going from being homeless on the streets to becoming the creator of the world’s most popular technology company. Steve Jobs was the kind of man who stopped at nothing to get where he wanted to be, and clearly it worked.

Back to his once spoken words – “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And more important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” I definitely believe that these words are true and, in fact, life changing if you follow the real meaning of what they are suggesting. A lot of conflicts in the world right now are because of people arguing over contrasting opinions. If you don’t have the same opinion as somebody else, they are so quick to judge and put you down for not sharing the same thoughts as them – and this is what Steve was saying; don’t let them change your opinion just because it is different. If everyone had the same opinion, the world would be a very dull, boring and fake place; it would be a place where nobody could express their true feelings, a place we would grow to despise. I believe that Steve began to realise how worthy life is when he fell sick.

Having the courage to follow your own heart – this is something that so many people, especially young people like me, struggle to do. People are constantly getting put down and pushed back, by those who don’t agree with what they want to do. An example of this is school; there are so many children who love to do a certain thing, but constantly get told that they can’t do it because they don’t have the grades. This is NOT reality. You can do whatever you want to do – it’s all about following your heart and believing in yourself, because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks; all that matters is getting to where you want to be, and imagining being able to tell those who doubted you – “I did it”.

Finally, intuition. I believe that we are all talented and intelligent individuals, no matter what anybody else says. We are all created for our own purpose, and we all have some hidden talent in us no matter what. Steve also believed this, and I think this is the exact message he was trying to get across. But most importantly, during the end of his days, Steve made it clear to not take things for granted once they finally go your way, because life is too short.

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