Saturday, December 1, 2012

Untitled #37

I bet you must have already watched Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005. I know I'm sooo late behind to write about it. I've watched the video and read his full commencement speech text two times, but the last time I rewatched and reread it, I felt like there was a punch on my stomach. And it was a hard one. Especially on these two paragraphs:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because 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. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. 
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.

Just to let you know, I watched the video when I was in bad mood. And after watching it and reading the speech, I was speechless. I read those two paragraphs over and over again. Then I felt like been injected with mood booster and I wasn't in bad mood anymore. Thank you, Steve Jobs.

It's not the only one that struck me. There were still two other messages from his speech that I can take. I make them as if they were holy scriptures. First, Steve Jobs said that we had to trust in something — our gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Second, he said, "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."

Okay, Mr. Jobs. So, we have to trust something, don't settle, and our time is limited, therefore we have to follow our heart and don't bother with other people's opinion. Right, Mr. Jobs? Of course you're right. You're absolutely right, Mr. Jobs. I will hold on to your words.


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