[Video] Steve Jobs Commencement Speech – Connecting the Dots

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech at Stanford on Connecting the Dots

Steve Jobs was both an entrepreneur and a visionary. After watching the ‘Jobs’ movie, I also understand that he was impossible to work with, being both harsh and ruthless in his approach to treating staff. Nothing stood in his way as he was the ultimate perfectionist.

That aside, the passion that he held for his work was truly inspiring. In 2005, he spoke to graduates of Stanford University. The stories he told and the words he shared will live on for many years to come. If you haven’t yet seen the speech, turn off all distractions and watch all the way through. There are some gold nuggets that I’ll summarise below!

Steve Jobs told three key stories in his commencement speech at Stanford. The first about not losing faith, the second about loving what you do and the third about living each day as if it were your last. This video will make you think about your ‘big picture’, and help you get to the bottom of exactly what is important to you!

Connecting the Dots

You 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. Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference. – Steve Jobs

If you’ve ever questioned yourself, wondering why on earth you’re doing something… It’s okay! We don’t necessarily know where we are going until we can see the path behind us. I love this quote. It gives me a sense of confidence even when things seem in complete chaos. It’s confirmation that even if things don’t make sense right now, they will down the track.

Loving What You Do

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. – Steve Jobs

This is priceless. I truly believe that too many people ‘settle’ for second best and give up on their true passions. They accept what’s in front of them as reality and can’t see beyond it, or any alternative options. I’m a big believer in the idea of creating your reality by the act of your thoughts. If you believe life is a struggle, and you’ve only ever seen struggle… then life will be a struggle. If you believe that you are not worthy of chasing your dreams, then you aren’t. If you believe the opposite, the opposite is also true.

Therefore, if we focus intently on our desires and our passions… moving towards doing more of what we love, our life can only be more rewarding and enriching. Focusing on the simple things that make your heart sing, can only make your heart continue to sing over time.

Living Each Day As If It Were Your Last

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, some day you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. – Steve Jobs

This quote can be a little heavy – we usually don’t like to think about, or focus on our own mortality. What it does do, however, is make us value life. It brings to surface anything that we aren’t happy with and makes us think more closely about what we really value in life.

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 other’s 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. – Steve Jobs

It’s incredibly easy to lose our own sense of self, or self identity. Before we know it, our goals are nothing more than societal pressures or ideas placed upon us from others. Following your dreams takes courage, but it’s worth it! Never forget to be yourself and follow your desires of your heart!

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