“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
This quote is from Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple computer, has been adopted as a lifestyle of sorts by each of the 10 women we are spotlighting in this Emerging Leaders issue of Maine Women. As I read through each of their stories, I was impressed and amazed by the determination, creativity, independent thinking and high energy of these women.
Annie Tselikis is doing important work as the education director for the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. Among other things, Annie is charged with training the fisherman and helping them to keep up with the ever-changing regulations that have plagued this important Maine industry in recent years. At just 29 years old, she is a true leader in a field that is dominated by men who are well known for their independent thinking.
Karen Farrell took her passion and commitment to clean air, clean water and good food to build a business that helps local producers of natural products find their way onto the retail shelves. Karen just “believes” in what she does and works hard at promoting it. Shannon Hanley believes that her love of handcrafted items is simply a part of her. Shannon advises us all to take a step back from the fast-paced, high-tech world around us and take time to understand how clothing, jewelry and other items are made by hand.
Nancy Grape writes about Steve Jobs in her Long View column on page 18. She reminds us of one of his more famous quotes that he told to a group of emerging leaders in the 2005 graduating class at Stanford University: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
I think we have found a group of women who truly love what they do and represent Maine’s excellent crop of Emerging Leaders. Thank you for reading. Share thoughts and “like” us on Facebook/mainewomen, or find us at www.mainewomenmagazine.com.
— Lee Hews, Publisher