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.
“…[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)
“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)
“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.