This has been on my list of things to watch for a while now… so glad I got around to it tonight:
Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address:
“It was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later… 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… 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.”
(After being devastatingly fired from Apple): “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”
“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… 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 of avoiding the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make room for the new.”
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
And with that as inspiration, I’m off to start my much anticipated weekend day off!