Wednesday, November 02, 2005

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

That was Steve Jobs's message in his Stanford U Commencement address, Spring 2005. In hsi address, Jobs tells three stories:

"1. The first story is about connecting the dots.
2. My second story is about love and loss.
3. My third story is about death."
Quintessential Jobs. Tells stories, seducing the listener. The super salesman, a magician spinning visions, creating possible worlds; a Master of the Art of the Possible. But he is also a fanatic with respect to design. Design, for jobs, is not something you slap onto a nearly completed product. Design is the process through which new products emerge out of seemingly nothing. Jobs may not have many original ideas of his own; but he has a keen eye and ear for good ideas, and his standards for selecting from among them are very high.

Lesson 1:
Again, 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.
Lesson 2:
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.
Lesson 3:
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.
Okay, I'm hungry now, gotta go.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Just to add a bit of conflict to this haigiography of Jobs, there is an interesting radio program on the BBC called Go Digital. Last night Bill Gates was on discussing various subjects, including his company's failure to partner with a company producing an iPod like product.