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You’ve Got to Find What You Love

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Over the weekend, an Aunt and Uncle of my wife’s were attending a graduation ceremony at Stanford University where Steve Jobs (co-founder and current CEO of Apple) gave the Commencement address. There were some great gems in the speech which is recorded here. But here is one of my favorite passages, which I truly believe:

“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…

…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 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.”

Written by ddura

June 15th, 2005 at 6:12 pm

Posted in Inspiration

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  1. Indeed, I absolutely loved this commencement speech. It’s pretty much what I learned dealing with leukemia, and is precisely why the Buddhists meditate on death.

    The speech was not as funny as, say, Morgan Spurlock’s recent speech, but nevertheless :)

    Sean Voisen

    15 Jun 05 at 8:15 pm

  2. Really enjoyed the speech – a great passage you picked out there. Thanks for highlighting it!

    jen dehaan

    15 Jun 05 at 10:05 pm

  3. Dang it Danny, did you REALLY have to put my life in perspective for me? :)

    Actually, this is something that drives me every single day. It’s a harsh reality, but it IS reality. Definitely a great speech, and definitely a good analysis.

    Abel Rios

    16 Jun 05 at 4:53 pm

  4. Most people are scared of death but they must remeber that there was a world with out them for millions of years. Which probably leaves things more uncertain.

    Sam Robbins

    20 Jun 05 at 4:26 pm

  5. Great speech… improves my opinion of Mr. Jobs (not like I had thought he was a jerk or something). Anyway, it rings true to me because (as I’ve mentioned to probably too many people) a close friend of mine (since High School anyway, 25 years ago) committed suicide back in March. It sucked and affected way more people than you can imagine (and, to be fair, hurt a lot of people more than it hurt me… which is bad because it really hurt me too).

    Anyway, after he died a bunch of my friends gathered and I found that we were all spending time just hanging out—something I don’t think I’ve done since college. The thing is, it’s really valuable. I highly recommend spending time with absolutely no task in mind. You learn things that you would have never encountered when you rush through a day scheduled with specific tasks etc. For me relearning how to relax has been super valuable.

    The other thing (maybe this is drifting) is that my friend’s suicide taught me that mental illness is a very very real thing. (So, don’t blow it off!) He was as strong a person as anyone I knew… seemed to love life, and his kids etc. (yeah he had two kids; I said it sucked). I think he just got into a warped place where he couldn’t see any light beyond the (in my opinion) superficial issues he was going through. But to him, up was down and he just checked out (by jumping off a high bridge over land; harsh… but he wasn’t messing around either).

    I’m happy to discuss any details if you’re interested… email is first@firstlast.com but use my first/last name

    Phillip Kerman

    10 Jul 05 at 3:07 pm

  6. greetz John

    John

    16 Sep 05 at 7:26 pm

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