Connecting the dots

My inspiration of today: Steve Job´s 2005 Stanford graduation speech!

I think I have seen it at least 3 times already, but I can never get enough of his words. Listening to speeches several times is like watching a movie over and over again. Every time you´ll discover a new, different angle you have not taken into consideration before. This time, listening to Steve´s speech following lines touched my heart particularly:

 

The first story is about connecting the dots:

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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

The second story is about love and loss:

 It was awful tasting medicine (to be fired from Apple), but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. 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. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

And the third story is about death:

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 to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

 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 others’ 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.

video link to the whole speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA

text link to the whole speech: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

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