WHAT INSPIRES US:
STEVE JOBS 2005 STANFORD COMMENCEMENT SPEECH
Recently, I was listening to the commencement speech Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University back in 2005.
It may be one of the best commencement speeches I have ever heard.
He spoke about three stories from his life. The first story was about connecting the dots, the second story (which begins at 5:38 in the video below) was about love and loss, and gave us this amazing piece of advice:
My favorite story was the third and final one, which was about death (and begins at 9:04 in the video below). Here is an excerpt from that part of his speech:
“My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday 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.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
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Everyone eventually dies.
You only live once.
Follow your heart.
You have NOTHING to lose! Take the leap. The worse thing that can happen is you fail, and so what if you do? You try again.