As one of my Facebook friends noted this evening, Steve Jobs “is amazingly quotable.”
I’m sure you’ve noticed it too. Social media networks are awash with quotes and clips sharing Steve Jobs’ philosophy of life and contribution.
These three quotes are excerpts from a powerful commencement speech Steve Jobs made at Stanford University in 2005, one year after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. These thoughts are just as powerful today as they were then. Every time I read this speech I’m inspired to continue doing the work I do.
My hope is that you’ll read these words both as a tribute to Steve Jobs for his passion, contribution, and spirit and as a catalyst for your own life’s journey.
“...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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life...”
“…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…”
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