Thursday, August 28, 2008

keep looking, don't settle.



My good friend & co-worker Daniel introduced me today to this amazingly inspirational speech given by Steve Jobs at the Stanford University commencement.

I was very inspired and had teary eyes while listening to the speech.

Steve talked about three stories - about connecting the dots, about love & loss, and about death. For those who doesn't have time to go through the entire speech of 15 mins, here's the key notes I took while listening to his speech.

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The first tory is about connecting the dots.

... Again, 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 because believing in that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it lead you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.

My second story is about love and loss.

... Sometimes, life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing 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 you 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don't settle.

My third story is about death.

... No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

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 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.

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