Finding and doing what you love

Like many others I am saddened by the news of Steve Jobs passing away.

Across the globe, world and business leaders paid tribute and people went on social media. Yes, as Barack Obama mentioned, I learned of the sad news on a device he invented. Twitter could have had record traffic. Official figures still have to come in but they may be around the 10,000 tweets per second according to social media monitoring firm SR7 (Source: Sydney Morning Herald). Just putting it in context, last record was 8,868 tweets per second with Beyonce’s pregnancy announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards and average of 600 tweets a second across the whole of last year according to Twitter (same article).

A great speech

Going through some of the coverage around the news, I stumbled on Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. The speech is moving and inspirational.

» Read the full transcript here. See and hear the story of a great speaker in the video below.

Some Highlights

  • By following curiosity and intuition, stumbling into things that turn out to be useful later on: “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.”
  • Finding and doing what you love: “You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your 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. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
  • Focus on what is truly important: “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.”

 

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