If you are someone who is doubting their position in life, struggling to find happiness with their job/path or having trouble finding what to do next in life, we have something that you should watch.
On June 12, 2005, over ten years ago, Steve Jobs the co-founder of Apple, gave a commencement speech at Stanford University to the school’s 114th graduating class that has gone down as one of the most helpful and most viewed self-help speeches on the internet.
The speech which has since garnered over 25 million views on YouTube, is just under 15 minutes and is broken up into three separate stories about life and understanding one’s journey.
In the first story, Steve tells is about “connecting the dots.” He tells the unique story about how he was adopted as a baby and how he dropped out of Reed College as an undergrad so he could “drop in” to the courses he wanted to take. As a college dropout, Steve’s schedule was freed up so that instead of taking the courses that were required, he followed his curiosity and sat in on courses that he was drawn to like calligraphy that had know no practical application to his life at the time and nobody would guess would help him financially. While taking these courses seemed like they made no sense, just ten years later, he was able to incorporate what he had learned into the design of the Macintosh. “It was the first computer with beautiful typography…You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
The next story is about transitions in life, loss and getting fired. This section will resonate with many who are going through changes that they see as negative including loosing ones job or graduating from college and not knowing what to do. After creating Apple, the company’s board of directors cut Steve from the company but looking back at it, he was able to use this personal crisis to form Pixar and come back to Apple later even stronger. “Getting fired was the best thing that could ever happened to me…I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.”
Jobs’ third and final story was about death. “Remembering that are you going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“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,” Jobs said.
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