I only own one Apple product – my iPod Shuffle. I’m afraid I’ve fallen behind on my technology. I don’t have an iPad or any of those hip toys. When I found out Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday night, I felt a deep sense of sorrow. You didn’t have to own one of his products to know Mr. Jobs made a huge impact on the world.
As I read all of the many online articles reflecting on Jobs’ life and career, the one article that stood out most to me was his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.
In his speech, Jobs spoke of his death years before it happened. He’s absolutely correct – no one wants to die. Thinking about your own demise seems so negative and depressing, but I think Jobs wanted to use death as a way to encourage us to live life. I especially loved his comments on finding what you love.
This is my favorite part of his entire speech:
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.
What is it that you love doing? If you’re not doing what you love what would you prefer to be doing?
Thanks Steve for reminding me that good is the enemy of great!
Watch the full speech it here: