As I watched the video of Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) delivering a commencement speech to the 2005 Stanford graduating class, I had no idea I’d be so moved. His life story spoke to me. Being a returning college student I sometimes tell myself that it would have been so much easier if I had just finished the first go-round. But I can’t begin to explain all the life experiences I would have missed if it happened any other way.
Here are a few quotes from his speech that I found particularly inspiring…
“Again, 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. 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.”
“There is no reason not to follow your heart”
“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.”
“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’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.”
“Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
Steve Jobs, 1955-2011