I am obsessed with finding ways to expand and develop my own perspective.
What is one of the best ways I have found to expand and develop my own perspective? That is, to gather from the perspectives of people worth listening to.
So to bridge the gap for all of us, let’s look at the question, is Steve Jobs worth listening to?
Of course, our answers to that question all come down to personal opinion, but let’s gather some data.
As Steve gave this speech, on June 12th, 2005, he has done these things in his life…
- Founded Apple
- Been fired from Apple
- Started another company: NEXT
- Incorporated Pixar
- Been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
- Recovered from surgery that removed the cancerous tumor
- Become a father to four children
- Lost both his adoptive parents
- Met his biological parents
- Re-Hired by Apple
- Named CEO of Apple
- (Changed the technological world?)
Do these sound like profitable experiences to you? They surely do to me.
Yeah, many people have characterized Steve as “intelligent”. He’s a man with a mind that we would all like to get the chance to be in.
With all that being said…take the time to watch the video. (Before you look at my ‘takeaway’ from it)
My Personal Takeaway
Now that you watched the video (I’m hoping you watched it before looking at my notes), I would like to discuss my takeaways from Steve Jobs’ powerful speech.
Lessons to Take from Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech at Stanford.
1. “Stay Hungry”
Plain and simple, Steve ushers the crowd to the importance of REFUSING TO SETTLE.
Steve says not to settle in any aspect of your life. Whether that be work, relationships, or anything, DON’T SETTLE.
There is truth to the saying “do what you love”, if there wasn’t, so many outrageously successful people would not suggest to do so.
Point taken? Do what you love, if you don’t know what that is, KEEP SEARCHING!
“The only way to do GREAT WORK is to do what you love.” – Steve Jobs
2. “Stay Foolish”
Steve reminds us that trying to plan your future, connect every dot looking forward, is a plagued practice.
You can’t plan everything. Think about how hard it is to plan a single day and have everything go exactly as you expected.
This is something I definitely need to work on. I plan my life to death. I’m improving, but when my plan does not become exact reality, I get anxious. Remembering to stay foolish, and trust that I will be able to connect all the dots looking backwards, I become much happier and content with letting my day progress as organically as need be.
To avoid the planning practice, Steve suggests trusting your intuition.
TRUST your dots will connect.
“Trust your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path.” – Steve Jobs
3. Death is the Greatest Invention of Life
This concept is hard for many of us to grasp (I know I haven’t, but I’m still trying). It is hard to truly stare death in the face, unless circumstances force you to. I do not wish for any extreme situations for me to be able to 100% grasp this concept, I just feel I want to practice gratitude for being alive.
Steve challenged the crowd in addressing the inevitability of death. In acknowledging death’s ever sure presence, we can in turn grab a flourishing vitality towards how we live our lives.
The worst thing we could lose is our lives. That is going to happen anyways. That being so… Steve says, “Knowing you will die is the greatest reminder you have nothing to lose.”
Seriously, if that didn’t resonate with you, try reading it again. Powerful stuff.
Take risks and fight your fear of failure. Realize that the “worst case scenario” you create in your head, never really is that bad.
Challenge yourself, and sit on those massive suggestions from Steve Jobs’ speech.
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, and Remind Yourself You Have Nothing to Lose.
If anything strongly resonated with you, caught you up in the video, or in my notes afterwards, please please please feel free to reach out, email me, or comment below.
I’m excited to hear what perspective you may have taken, and how it perhaps could strengthen my own.
Thanks for a read