I Am Already Naked And I Am Following My Heart

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with KD Realty - 408.972.1822 CA BRE#01366594

As a San Jose Realtor, I've learned to follow my heart and let my passion and fire burn in my soul. I live my life fully, authentically, fearlessly, vulnerably naked and following my heart. 

I know many people, including those I love and are dear to my heart who feels much differently about Mr. Steve Jobs than I do.  That's okay. We are all entitled to our opinions, thoughts, and beliefs.  

The following is only part of a speech Mr. Jobs gave in 2005 at Stanford University.  My purpose in this post is to focus on a few lines in that speech.   

 


You Are Already Naked - There Is No Reason Not To Follow Your Heart

Bold emphasis added to the last two lines of a portion of the speech. 

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. "

 

 

Carol Williams is sponsoring an ActiveRain Challenge - What Inspires You?  Carol asks us to choose a quote or movie line we like and write a post about what the quote means to you that in some way relates to a perspective or philosophy you have about life and/or business.


 

In business and in life, I do not separate the two because for me it is all about who I am being each and every day.

We only get to live this life once. Life truly is short. In the blink of an eye we are born and in a flash, even if that flash is 100 years or more, we die.  

In hindsight, I cannot say I now feel like I faced death with cancer in 2012. That is only because I beat that evil ugly beast and 6 years and counting I am still here living vulnerably naked. 

 

What about that nakedness?  No, I am not a nudist. Yet, I certainly don't judge those who are.  Some of my dear friends are nudists. I embrace them for who they are and embrace our differences. 


What being naked means to me is that I am a "What you see is what you get" person.  In technology "WYSIWYG" translates into an HTML text editor. 

No editing required with me. I am transparent. There are no pretenses with me. I live a simple life dedicated to doing no harm in the world. 

 

Following My Heart - I have Fire in my Soul! 

When I see people in need, it is my natural inclination to want to help them. I found a way to help people in need of my services and expertise and get paid for my help.  I do this in my San Jose real estate business and even more so in probate the trust real estate

It's a perfect combination that provides me the opportunity to live my life with greater purpose. There is no stopping me - I have a fire in my soul! 


 

I know someday I will die. When that day comes it will come with no regrets for having lived my life fully, authentically, fearlessly, vulnerably naked and following my heart. 

 

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Kathleen Daniels
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Thank you, Corinne Guest - Yes, the tribe will follow! I am attracting the right people. We just cannot give up. We must not allow anyone or anything to douse the fire in our soul.  YOU know what it takes to keep that fire burning. 

Dec 16, 2018 08:58 AM #21
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kathleen,
What a perfect entry into the December Challenge!   I love your definition of living "naked".  We should all be so inspired to live  authentically... naked.  I think Steve Jobs learned that through his own journey toward death. 

I was raised with "expectations" of how I should act and what I should do.  Fortunately, I decided when I went off to college that it was MY journey.  I hope everyone can get to that point and live authentically with passion. 

Thanks for the post... a well deserved Feature! 

Dec 16, 2018 09:31 AM #22
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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What a wonderful post! Living naked, while being dressed of course, is a wonderful way to live. Do what you wish, how, and when. Experiment, experience, try, grow, change, or not. We do have one chance at this life, and it does go in a flash, so live every day to its fullest. 

Thank you.

Dec 16, 2018 10:30 AM #23
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I learned a long time ago to live authentically.  I have had friends say I was "too open."  However, my argument is that what can they take away from me, as long as I follow the law?  I find folks who are what I consider too guarded, nearly always seem to look like they are carrying too much excess baggage around.  

Dec 16, 2018 01:52 PM #24
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Carol Williams
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Congratulations!  You've been Featured in the Bananatude.

Dec 16, 2018 06:34 PM #25
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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A well-deserved featured post. Kathleen. Truly inspirational.  I am now 72 years young :) and know you are talking and walking the right path. Blessings to you and your family this Christmas.

Dec 16, 2018 07:38 PM #26
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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So, I click on your profile to see if you have posted and saw this and thought, "Oh, goodness, she's drinking and blogging!" LOL

Seriously, knowing you, this is clearly who you are and I totally agree that Jobs' quote is spot-on as to how we should live our lives. Transparency, authenticity, whatever you want to call it - just be REAL and your life will be so much more rewarding. 

Yes, we are indeed, related - if not by blood, by spirit. WONDERFUL post, Kathleen - I'm so glad to see if featured!

Dec 16, 2018 09:48 PM #27
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Kathleen Daniels, living our authentic self each and every day is the way to do it. This by no means translates into sharing every single thing about us with others. I know this is you my friend. Have an awesome week!

Dec 17, 2018 05:21 AM #28
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Mike Frazier
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Thanks Kathleen for a thought provoking post. I agree we have to be "real".

Dec 17, 2018 08:47 AM #29
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Kathleen Daniels - If there was ever a great post to ponder and remember, I would remember you and what you have written for the inspirational challenge. You are someone I adore and respect. There is nothing phony about you. 

Kathleen, you are, in many different ways an inspiration and an angel here on ActiveRain and in life!

Dec 17, 2018 03:05 PM #30
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Barbara Todaro
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Hi Kathleen Daniels very inspirational and powerful post.... thanks for sharing your inner thoughts and honest feelings...

Dec 17, 2018 05:00 PM #31
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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Your post strips away the layers and reveals the most raw and essential aspects of life, our humanity. Everything else is fluff and distractions. So many things would be unimportant if we thought this was our last day on earth.

Dec 17, 2018 06:35 PM #32
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Good morning Kathleen - this is a beautiful post.  I am glad that it is featured.  Life is too short to do otherwise.  Not all of us have followed our passion.  I think we would feel better if we did.

Dec 18, 2018 05:36 AM #33
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Well deserved feature! Your title drew me in, your message even more so. Inspiring words and wonderful entry into this month's challenge!

Dec 18, 2018 10:16 AM #34
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Hello Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - Thank you. I am glad the title drew you in and you liked the message.  Thank you for stopping by and commenting. 

 

Dec 18, 2018 11:27 AM #35
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Michael Eisenberg
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Death is a given, it's only a matter of when, when the lives of my sister and brother-in-lw where taken by  a drunk driver, the message hiy him. Live every day as if it were your. last, you just never know when that day will be.

Dec 18, 2018 11:54 AM #36
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Kevin Mackessy
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Always a wealth of inspiring and personal stories on this site, reliably, week after week.  Thanks for sharing. 

Dec 18, 2018 11:56 AM #37
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Peter Mohylsky, SoWal Is HOME.
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Great post and thanks for sharing your thoughts on life, business and death.

Dec 21, 2018 04:08 AM #38
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Good Evening, Kathleen! I am just popping over to say that I trust you and yours are having the merriest of Christmases!

Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2018 05:29 PM #39
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I am an out and out fan of Steve Jobs and the Walter Isaacson biography is a must read. As a 71 year old still pursuing dreams I embrace what you are saying and I don't plan to stop.

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