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Monday, April 23, 2007

Inspiration Monday: Connect the Dots, Do What You Love, Follow Your Heart and Intuition

Steve Jobs is quite an interesting man. Whether you like him or not, you have to agree, he has accomplished incredible things in his life. At a young age, Jobs did what he wanted to do--he followed his heart. While in high school, Jobs worked summers at Hewlett-Packard with Steve Wozniak. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon and dropped out after one semester. He backpacked across India. When Jobs was 21, he started Apple with Wozniak. No college degree. No money. Just pure drive, determination, smarts and a dream.

Jobs was the 2005 Commencement Speaker at Stanford University. I recently discovered his speech and found it inspiring. Jobs shares three stories. Here are the highlights. I think you will be inspired.

"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."

"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. "

"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."

Here's the link for the text to the 2005 Stanford University Commencement Address of Steve Jobs.


Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Thanks for posting this!
By the way, if you're ever interested in a humorous, gossipy account of the rise of Silicone Valley, check out Robert X. Cringley's documentary, Triumph of the Nerds.

HipWriterMama said...

Alkelda the Gleeful,
You are quite a wealth of knowledge. The Triumph of the Nerds sounds quite interesting. Thanks for sharing this one!

Robin Brande said...

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life."

I LOVE that. Thanks for posting these highlights! What an inspiration!

Callipygia said...

Thank you this was very inspiring and interesting too.

Liz in Ink said...

I really love the bit about connecting the dots after the fact. Seeing the logic in retrospect. It takes the pressure off, and adds some delight to reminiscing. We get to think, "Wow, I was really onto something there..."

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

A few years ago, I made a decision that seemed unwise in the short-run (quitting my salaried job to do substitute work) but that I believe was okay in the long run. Bede and I having one regular salary instead of two may have made it so that we bought a house we could afford on one salary. I'm so glad I got to stay home with my baby rather than having to go to work to pay off the mortgage.

HipWriterMama said...

Alkelda the Gleeful,
I hear you. I'm so glad I stayed at home with the kids. It certainly has its challenges, but I wouldn't trade it for the world. At least not today.

Welcome back! Yes, it's great having the ability to look back, connect the dots, and think, Aaahhhh. No pressure. No worries.

Glad you liked this one.

I agree. Too many people are caught up with the status quo or trying to emulate someone else's life or lifestyle. Who are we kidding. If we're true to ourselves, we'll delight in what we have and have become.