Steve Jobs passed away today. He has always been an inspiration, but I could have never guessed how much impact his death would have on me. I suppose it’s because all of us entrepreneurs dream to be like him. We hope we can make an impact as drastic as his – that our crazy ideas and vision can one day become a reality and change the world like Apple’s products have done so today.
To remember Steve, I watched his Stanford commencement speech, which I’ve always enjoyed and taken inspiration from. I suggest watching the video in full if you have the time. If not, I’ve documented my favorite parts below, which are the principals that sit underneath everything amazing Steve has done for us.
You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust in something — your gut, life, karma, whatever. 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 known path.
You’ve got to find what you love. 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. And don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find [the right work]. Keep looking. Don’t settle.
Our 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. 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.