I don’t know if you’ve heard of this guy or not…
Steve Jobs was easily one of the most inspirational, innovational, intellectual, and influential men (wow, could I have used any more adjectives beginning with the letter “i” there?) to ever leave his mark on this earth. If you can’t already tell, I very much admire good ol’ Steve.
Steve founded Apple when he was 20. In his garage with a buddy. His success story is one of, if not my very, absolute favorite.
He was asked to speak at Stanford’s commencement in 2005. His commencement address was incredible. Motivational does not even begin to describe this speech.
You absolutely have to watch it.
As you’re watching, I’m going to watch with you and make some comments of my own.
Part 1. Connecting the Dots.
- Keep in mind Apple is a company with a net worth of $108 billion… and counting. It’s co-founder was a college drop out.
- Have you ever noticed how good you are at random things because of the unique experiences you’ve had over the course of your life? Like Steve’s calligraphy classes. It makes you think, what have you dropped in on? Connect the dots looking back now.
Part 2. Love & Loss.
- Steve got fired from Apple, the very company he created? That hurts.
- “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being free again.” Sometimes we get so weighed down with heavy stuff that I’m afraid we forget that freedom to think is something we need.
- Yes, Steve started Pixar, too.
- Wouldn’t you know that Apple started struggling during the time Steve left, and when they bought Next and got Steve back, they made a huge comeback (with his help) and designed the all-inclusive iMac.
- My favorite quote of all time: “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. So keep looking, don’t settle.”
Part 3. Death.
- My second favorite quote of all time: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
- He’s right: “death is the destination we all share.” it is the common denominator among every person, we’re all more alike than we sometimes realize.
- Another quote I love: “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 other people’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 want to become. Everything else is secondary.”