I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, but today seems like a good day for a number of reasons. Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford in 2005 is a short speech. But it is an inspiring speech. He tells just three stories, as he reads from his papers:
- Sometimes, we don’t know how our current experiences will serve us in the future. Sometimes our current circumstances may seem totally at odds with what we think we are supposed to be doing. Embrace that. Trust that the dots will join up and lead somewhere. Sometimes, we can’t make sense of what will happen as we move into the future. It only makes sense when we look back. Trust that it will make sense. Trust that it will work out.
- Love what you do. Don’t settle for anything else. Find what you love, and do it.
- Life is too short to waste on doing things you don’t love. Remember, you’ll be dead soon. Do the stuff that means something to you. Do the stuff that means everything to you.
Some of this may sound contradictory. I mean, trust that the thing that seems meaningless now will work out in the future? How is that finding what I love and doing it? My answer would be that it is part of the process, part of the search of finding what you love. Never stop believing that your love is out there.