I just came across the transcript of a graduation commencement address that Steve Jobs delivered to the Stanford University class of 2005. Certain parts of this speech strongly coincide with the underlying message in my previous post. Beyond that, it provides some exceptional first hand advice from a man who followed his heart and intuition in pursuit of what he loved in life… and he came out on top. The full commencement address is definitely worth a quick read. Here are a couple excerpts that initially caught my attention:
“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.”
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
DAGS for “Cluetrain Manifesto”. There you’ll find the advice to ‘make a bonfire of your reputation’ in a MUCH older commencement address.
That has stuck with me for at least 15 years, maybe longer, and gets pulled out a couple times a month. I’m no closer to getting wealthy than I ever was, and no further away. In the meantime, I am enjoying my life -without- selling my ‘self’ for 30 pieces of silver.
Osita ikechukwu says
Very nice, your motivational tips and shares contribute to my positive living! Keep it up.
Chris Cave says
RIP Steve Jobs…
Still one of my favorite quotes – ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.’
What a true inspiration.