Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Speech

From one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs, Steve Jobs’ had an inate ability to see past the distractions of life and get to the core of what really matters. Here, at Stanford University’s Commencement Speech, Jobs gave one of his most inspirational of speeches.

Some key quotes

1. Trust that the dots in life will eventually connect

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking back. 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 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. That will make all the difference.

2. Find what you love and don’t settle

You’ve got to find what you love. 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 and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you will know when you find it…

3. The reality of 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. 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 of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked, there is no reason not to follow your heart.

4. Words of wisdom

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s 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 already want to become. Everything else is secondary.

…and finally

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

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