Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Wisdom from the IPOD guy
So before I tell you what I've been up to this week (which includes a trip to Vegas (fun times), conversations with an astronaut (who is so cool!), and some serious nerves (I get my b-school decision tomorrow)), I wanted to share with you a speech that Steve Jobs gave at the Stanford Commencement last summer. His thoughts are funny, profound, and relevant to anyone who is trying to figure out what the heck to do with his or her life... Check this out. http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html
Here are some of the highlights:
"You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that all the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. 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 do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."
"Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own 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."
Ooo.. this is good. Check it out!