Some Great Lessons from Steve Jobs' Life

Kara Powell | Oct 17, 2011

Like you, I have read a BUNCH about Steve Jobs in the past few weeks. One of the posts that hit home the most for me was a blog by Adam McLane from the Youth Cartel.

What I appreciate about this blog is that it asks us what we would do if we knew we only had a few weeks to live. What would we prioritize? How much would we focus on work v. family?

If I could change on thing about the way I work, it would be to be less driven with e-mail. I am a bit compulsive about e-mail. I try to keep my Inbox as empty as possible, which means I try to respond to e-mails as quickly as possible. Just ask the FYI team :)

Recently I’ve been thinking about the folks I’m e-mailing. Many of them are dear friends and colleagues. Others, probably the majority, are folks that I probably won’t even know in 10 years. And yet I sometimes make responding to their e-mails a higher priority than reading to my five year-old, or throwing a football with my 11 year-old. I KNOW that I will know my kids ten years from now, and for decades beyond that.

If I knew I only had a few weeks to live, I’m pretty sure I would pick up that football or that Magic School Bus book. Maybe that’s the way I should be living right now.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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