Me, Myself & I

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You’ve got to find what you love

Posted by Luminus on November 11, 2005

Totally, totally true. I stumbled upon this post on Tim’s Weblog. How? You might ask. Well I finally installed Google Desktop after having downloaded it 2 weeks ago on a whim. I set it up as a sidebar so I could access all the varying functions. Next thing I know, one of the panels called “Web Clips” fills up with Titles of posts from every blog I’ve visited. This particular topic springs up at me so I decide to check it out.

Anyhow, the crux of the matter is this article on the Stanford University news service aptly christened Stanford Report website. It’s the text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios at the 2005 Commencement (an Ivy League College term for Graduation) Ceremony on June 12.

This is straight talk from a Highly respected man that knows his onions. People like him and Bill Gates give us college dropouts a good name, even though I’m still getting educated, it’s not your conventional college education…yet. Here’s a summary of what he was driving at:

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.

Essentially find that thing that you can work at all day even if you aren’t getting paid, ‘cos if u can work at it that way, you’ll be very good at it and ultimately get really paid (hope I didn’t lose you with that tirade).

Most importantly here are points that every young mind must realise, grasp and understand, because they will form the basis for the man (or woman) you become tomorrow.

1. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
2. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.
3. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.
4. 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.

He also said “You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever”. I totally agree because this determines what actions (or inactions) you’re likely to pursue.

Finally he refers to a publication called The Whole Earth Catalog he used to read when he was younger, which when it had run its course the publishers wrote on the back “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” I believe that addresses a continuous willingness to learn, to gather new information and not to think of yourself as wise or as a sage but constantly learning from whoever and wherever, ‘cos the moment you stop learning, you start dying.

So, my final words to y’all,

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

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