Thursday, October 6, 2011

Farewell, Steve Jobs

"..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."

From the very inspiring commencement speech, Stanford, 2005.  
Full text here... and don't miss the video:

Goodbye —and thanks for everything.

PS. My first computer was an SE-30 (circa 1989) very much like the one in his lap. A pang of nostalgia!!

PPS. More here:
         From WIRED


  1. Thanks for posting this Maral… truer words are rarely heard.
    “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” T.E. Lawrence

  2. Had you come across this speech before? I remember when it first came out, I really liked it. And now it's got me thinking of that Whole Earth Catalog...
    Stay hungry, stay foolish.

  3. I may have seen quotes here and there (it's only been in circulation since 2005! :-P). I have a few editions of the WW Catalog in a box somewhere and I have very fond and profound memories of that publishing milestone! Are you feeling hungry? Foolish…?

  4. Foolish: always. Hungry: from peckish to ravenous most of the time!

    The WHole Earth Catalog: I came across it when I was a kid; it had been left behind by a previous occupant in a house my family moved into. I would have been about 10-11 years old, so it mostly went over my head. But in amongst the ads for solar-powered bongs, the tracts by Bucky Fuller, and the instructions for growing your own lovebeads (and knitting your own lentil stew), there was one thing that stuck in my mind. There was this serialized story about a monumental road-trip across america in a VW van (psychedelically decorated as i recall)—it was on the margins of every page, and I thought that was interesting. (I think it may have had illustrations, as well...).
    But mostly, the idea of traveling that way really got my attention, even then...

  5. I have heard snippits of this speach all week, now having watched all of it on your blog I am really glad to have seen it all and put the snippits of wisdom into the context of this wonderful speach. Thank you Maral XXX

  6. Hi Hazel! The snippets are good —v.memorable and quotable. But you're right: it's the context of the speech, and how it all grew out of his life. How it all fits together and makes sense. Uplifting!


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