While there is absolutely no denying the technological legacy that Steve Jobs leaves behind I think that is not the only legacy he leaves, and in my opinion not the most important. In my opinion, Steve Jobs’ legacy will be the fact that because he pursued his passion, he was able to change the world. And according to him, we can do it too!
I posted this video previously but after Steve Jobs died yesterday, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. His 2005 commencement speech at Stanford is a call to action to all of us to follow our passion(s) and change the world (or at least make it a better place). Even though it’s been a few months since the first time I watched this video, the same two parts still stand out to me:
“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.”
“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.”
So watch the video and share your thoughts: What’s stopping you from pursing your passion? What’s stopping you from making the world a better place? What obstacles are standing in your way? Are you settling?