Make sure you have a full uninterrupted 15 minutes when you watch this. The video is only 14min and 33 seconds long, but you need the remaining 27 seconds to wipe the tears from your eyes.
This is the commencement address given by Steve Jobs at Standford University on June 12, 2005. It’s a year old, yes, but Jobs’ words are timeless, and so are the 3 stories he tells the graduates. It was a year after he was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas. How his stories turn out is probably better for you to find out, by watching this video, or by reading the full text of the speech here.
Here are some lines from Steve Job’s speech.
It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5Â¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on…
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. 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.
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.
You gotta watch this.