I was going to blog about something else today. Instead, I’ve found myself caught up in the life and death of Steve Jobs, and moved by the speech he gave to Stanford’s graduating class of 2005.
Eight million of you have already seen it, but just in case, I’ve inserted it into this post. I think it’s that important. I think listening to anyone with powerful words of wisdom is that important. I think anything that helps you keep your on eye on the prize even in the face of your greatest adversity, is that important.
Here are my favorite moments from that video that I hope will inspire me for years to come:
“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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference.”
“Sometimes life’s gonna hit you in the head with a brick, don’t lose faith.”
“You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for work as it is for your lovers.”
“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.”
“For the past 33 years I’ve looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer is “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
“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.”
“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking, don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your inner voice, and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become, everything else is secondary.”
“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”