A Tribute To Steve Jobs

RIP

I call myself an “iPerson” as a joke, but I say it with pride. I have an iPhone, a Mac, an iPad and an iPod. I love everything about the Apple brand of products. They’re sleek. They’re fancy. They’re user-friendly. I was so sad to hear that Steve Jobs had died from pancreatic cancer at the young age of 56. I just watched the speech Steve gave at the 2005 Stanford University Commencement. If you haven’t seen it, you should really take a look. He offers a bunch of really inspirational quotes. Watch the speech here.  A few of my favorite quotes from the speech:

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”—S. Jobs

 “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust 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.” – S. Jobs

 “You’ve got to find what you love….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 and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”- Steve Jobs 

Amazing, right? I watched that and I instantly wanted to come on here and blog for a million years because that’s the thing I truly love to do and am passionate about. Then I wanted to go out and start a company and create really cool things and change the world. Okay that may be a bit ambitious for one night when it’s already 10pm, but you get what I mean. I felt so inspired after listening to that speech. I think Steve’s words are especially relevant and helpful for college grads and recent grads.

When you’re a recent grad, there’s so much focus on finding a job. Any job. Sometimes it feels like you have to just snatch up anything that comes along and stick with it no matter how miserable you are so you can collect a paycheck. But Steve’s speech is a great reminder that it’s about more than a paycheck. It can be hard and confusing to find what you really, truly, in your deepest heart love to do, but that’s what it’s all about. And when you finally find that thing it’s an amazing feeling. He was pretty lucky and unique because he found something that he loved to do and that thing also happened to change the world and make him very wealthy. Sometimes you find something that you love to do and it doesn’t make you a lot of money. Or it doesn’t change the world. But I think that’s okay, because if you really love it and it makes you happy then that’s enough. And it will make all of the other areas of your life better because when you’re passionate and happy about something you’re instantly more at ease with yourself (and therefore everyone else in your life). And if you can make a living doing that thing you love, then that’s even more amazing.

Just one of the Apple gadgets I own

 

I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but sometimes (especially in this economy) that seems like a daunting task and a pipe dream. But that speech reminded me that um…yeah. He started Apple in his garage with a friend. It can happen. Good ideas are successful. That’s why I love the concept of Apple. They are great products and they’re used all over the world, but they came from humble beginnings and they came from one man’s creative vision. It shows that it’s possible if you’ve got some creative vision and are determined.

The other quote Steve said in the speech that I loved was this,” I have looked in the mirror every day for the past 33 years 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 has been no for too many days in a row I know I need to change something.”

Yeah, there are things you need to do that you don’t want to do. Sometimes you have to work for a paycheck. Sometimes you have to do unpleasant things or boring things or difficult things. But there should always be fun and creativity and passion in your life or else something is wrong.

Thanks, Steve, for the wonderful gadgets, and the reminder that you should always live with passion, and seek creativity and that thing you love.

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