Like countless others I was saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Jobs. Many people have articulated their thoughts much better than I could here, but I wanted to post this video of the 2005 Stanford commencement speech he delivered. I came across it as I was reading some of the numerous articles about his life and found it to be one of the most concise and inspring speeches I have ever heard. It is fifteen minutes in duration, but well worth taking the time to listen.
Here are some notable quotes from the speech:
“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 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
“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.”
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”