Thursday, October 06, 2011

In Memoriam

He was not a religious or spiritual leader. He did not bring a nation or a people freedom from oppression or slavery. He was not a general. He never held any political office. But there was something about what he did and how he did it that has clearly commanded the respect of millions around the world.

Steve Jobs gave this commence speech at Stanford, titled "How to live before you die":

Here is the transcript of his speech.

Two inspiring quotes from this speech summarize his attitude towards work and 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."