Monthly Archives: October 2011

Steve Jobs Connect the Dots/Steve Jobs Day


Steve Jobs 'Connect the Dots' speech he delivered at Stanford University in '05 was the first time I used quotes in my yoga class.

I noticed how nicely the words of a 'non yogi' fit into class and from then on, I did, Historyoga, taking an historical moment, finding an intention for a whole class to focus on and supporting that intention by using quotes from 'non yogi's' to show how yoga is everywhere and in everyone.
I've been doing it now for over a year and although some people don't 'get it' when I describe it, I think of Jobs and how people didn't necessarily 'get him' when he first came on the technical scene.
I love creating new ways to look at things. I'm no steve jobs, but I'm Lady Yoga and I'm always thinking outside the mat.
In honor of one of my favorite role models, along with Loren Michaels, Carol Burnett, Tracey Ullman, Winston Churchill, Goethe, Henry Ford, Mother Teresa, Albert Camus, Antoine De Saint-Exupéry, Picasso, Denise Austin and, well, Oprah. Here's to those who blaze paths and inspire yoga in everything.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” SJ

Trust yourself to think big, make a difference and have an impact in everything you do every day for the betterment of a healthier whole. You can’t do this alone. SJ

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."-SJ

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” SJ

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” SJ

If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins. Benjamin Franklin

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. Nelson Mandela

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. Oprah Winfrey

Passion is the genesis of genius. Tony Robbins

Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them. Napoleon Bonaparte

With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. Edgar Allan Poe

With out passion you dont have energy, with out energy you have nothing. Donald Trump

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

Harriet Tubman

Our passions are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Carl W. Buechner

A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.
- Chin-Ning Chu

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves. 
– Blaine Pascal

Nobody can be successful unless he loves his work. 
David Sarnoff

When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn. 
— John Wesley

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested. 
— E. M. Forster

Who then is free? The wise who can command his passions, who fears not want, nor death, nor chains, firmly resisting his appetites and despising the honors of the world, who relies wholly on himself… 

Chase your passion, not your pension. 
— Denis Waitley

Anyone can dabble, but once you've made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it's very hard for people to stop you. 
- Bill Cosby

There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson. 
— Anthony Robbins

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. 
— Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark. 
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it. 
- Jack Canfield

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. 
— Ray Bradbury

I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got. 
- Walter Cronkite

Passion is the element in which we live; without it, we hardly vegetate. 
– Lord Bryron

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire. 
- Aristotle

Our passions are the winds that propel our vessel. Our reason is the pilot that steers her. Without winds the vessel would not move and without a pilot she would be lost. 
– Proverbs

I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious. 
- Albert Einstein

I didn't want to repeat my parents' life. I saw in their lives a routine and a lack of dreaming, a lack of the possibilities, a lack of passion. And I didn't want to live without passion. 
- Hugh Hefner

And in me wake hope, fear, boundless desire. 
– George Macdonald

What I got from Steve Jobs - that your past failures are tomorrows success. You CAN have it all by connecting the dots from your past passions and believing in them. People still might not get my historyoga or Lady Yoga but they still come to my classes and it still works.

'It' will always work if you believe in it.

What's next?

Breaking Barriers


Back on October 14th, 1947, U.S. Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound.

For years, many aviators believed that man was not meant to fly faster than the speed of sound. Yeager flew the X-1 nicknamed the Glamorous Glennis So Cal flying faster than the speed of sound.

Today, let's break some of your own barriers today.

Reach past what you think you can do and go beyond, physically, emotionally, maybe it's something small, maybe something much greater but go. Go for it.

Let us always meet each other with a smile and for the smile is the beginning of love. – Mother Teresa

...and it lightens your mood.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Mother Teresa

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. –Henry Kissinger

Just focus on the one thing that's most important and the rest will fall away!

If you don’t know where you are going, every road will lead you nowhere. –Henry Kissinger

Accept everything about yourself. I mean, everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end. No apologies, no regrets. –Henry Kissinger

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. Desmond Tutu

It's also the anniversary of Henry Kissinger, Desmond Tutu and Ma Teresa receiving the Nobel Prize!

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Mother Teresa

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. Henry Ford

The worst prison would be a closed door. – Pople John Paul II

If man does his best, what else is there. George S. Patton

Do what you can with what you have where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you’re doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman

In this life, we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love. – Mother Teresa

The quality of a persons life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. – Vince Lombardi

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. –Nelson Mandela

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. – Albert Einstein

We must become the change we want to see in the world. Gandhi

The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart. – Helen Keller

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Ben Franklin

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. Thomas Jefferson

Be courteous to all but intimate with few and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. George Wahington

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy to a friend. Martin Luther King

If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln

You have the right to remain silent. – Yoga police

It’s more important for a smile to spread over your chin that it is to get your chin closer to you shin. Stuart Rice

As long as you’re trying you’re succeeding – Judge Jimmy Edwards

Before you act, listen

Before you react, think

Before you spend, earn

Before you criticize, wait

Before you pray, forgive

Before you quit, try Ernest Hemingway

Do something different. Or at least look at what's present from a different perspective.