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Quarter Life Crisis? Soul Searching? Watch Steve Jobs’ Stanford Speech

Quarter Life Crisis? Soul Searching? Watch Steve Jobs' Stanford Speech
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Mentioned previously that 2012 brought me into some serious questioning, sort of soul searching quarter life crisis type of thing. Well guess what, we crossed-over into 2013 and I’m still in it.

Undergoing the same thing? Then let’s despair together! Or rather, let me share Steve Job’s Stanford Commencement Speech (and some other quotes) with you. A visionary, a very interesting personality, a great businessman and entrepreneur sharing his thoughts and interesting ups and downs in life to Stanford graduates.

Yes, the speech is circa 2005 (still in college back then), but I find it’s key messages very much alive and applicable today, especially to those like me who are undergoing some serious life questioning.

You can easily search similar videos on YouTube, but for your convenience, one such video is in this YouTube link. And if you prefer a written text of the actual speech to go through with it, you can also visit this Stanford link.

Right after his death, I was able to read through his biography, written by Walter Isaacson, so more or less I was familiarized as to how genius, visionary, OC, strict, shrewd and sometimes a**hole Steve Jobs was during his short well-lived life.

Quarter Life Crisis? Soul Searching? Watch Steve Jobs' Stanford SpeechQuarter Life Crisis? Soul Searching? Watch Steve Jobs' Stanford Speech

Quarter Life Crisis? Soul Searching? Watch Steve Jobs' Stanford Speech

Back to the speech, Steve shared 3 stories, parts of which I also quoted below, plus my two cents:

Connecting the Dots

“…[Y]ou 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.” (Steve Jobs)

Very simple imagery yet very clever. Very Steve Jobs. Others might call it hindsight. Reminds me of the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”, where seemingly ordinary mundane events mattered in the future. Steve admitted it, that it was pretty scary. I agree. And I wish that someday I will have the courage to take the plunge, the “leap of faith” and trust that the dots will all turnout to be okay, that they will all make sense someday. Takes a lot of guts, as well as faith, of knowing oneself and of trusting “your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” This is a big challenge for the control freak that I am. But hey, I think Steve was also a control freak based on his bio. But he was also adventurous.

Love and Loss

“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.” (Steve Jobs)

Ouch. This is the part where he found what he truly loved doing, and he eventually got fired in the company he built. Ouch. Lucky him to find his love easily. It’s not that I’m settling, let’s just say I’m in the part where I’m still looking. But this is true. A boss and mentor once said that it will reflect in your output and face if you really love what you are doing. Makes me shy to my current boss and employers then. I like where I am now, but I believe that the calling I’ll love is still out there.  Keep on looking, keep on looking. 2013 will be my year.


“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.” (Steve Jobs)

A new way to look at death. After all, we are all bound to die. Or the saying “live everyday as if it were your last.” Yes, I agree, I don’t want to die yet, but yes, I am more and more feeling the pressure that time is running out, and that I am not getting any younger. I’m very thankful to what God has given me so far, but deep inside, I still feel that I am destined for something bigger, something that will make more impact not just to me and my family, but to more people. I want to help out, I want to make a dent in other people’s lives. Now my question is how?


The big HOW? Been reading entrepreneurship books, blogs, etc. Been asking my friends. They all say the same thing. Follow your passion. Do what you want, and you’ll never have a day working. When you’re passionate with what you do, you’ll excel. Maybe it’s the true and only way. Summed up by quote from the movie 3 Idiots:

“Pursue excellence, and success will follow, pants down.” (Rancho, 3 Idiots)

I wish. Motherhood statements and cliches. Now the task is how to concretize this into steps towards financial freedom. Game-face 2013.


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5 Responses

  1. Thoughts on Death and How to Die A Millionaire, Easily | Investment Juan-01 says:

    […] quote on death from Steve Jobs’ Speech in Stanford:  “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. […]

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great inspiring speech from Steve Jobs. Apple and the world will never be the same. The power of influence of just one person.

  3. Geri says:

    Agree Anonymous. Who would have thought he can change the industries and the world like that. Maybe even he himself didn't expect it. 🙂

  4. Geri says:

    Thanks jobs fan. Glad you share my thoughts on this great guy. Such a visionary, and yet mere human like us with all his flaws. 🙂

  5. jobs fan says:

    It's been more than 2 years since he left. Was able to read his biography you mentioned above. Great guy, interesting life.

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