Friday, June 17, 2005

A Timely Quote from Steve Job's Commencement Address

I received this quote in an email today and felt that I should share it with you. If you follow this advice your life will always be more successful and happier so take it to mind and use it today. You'll see the difference I promise.

Do you know who Steve Jobs is?

If you don't, his success story is legendary.

Put up for adoption at an early age, dropped out of college after 6 months, slept on friends floors, returned coke bottles for 5 cent deposits to buy food, then went on to start Apple Computers and Pixar Animation Studios.

Steve Jobs is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our generation.

On June 12th 2005, Steve Jobs gave the commencement address at Stanford University and I want to share with you a few clips from his powerful speech.

From Steve Jobs commencement address:

"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.

"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."

"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."

P.S. This quote is most timely with the recent death of Corey Rudl the internet marketer. He certainly followed it everyday he lived and I'm sure he went just the way he would have wanted. Doing what he loved both in his private life and in his business career. As always the good ones seem to go all too soon from our lives.

Take care and God Bless,
Frank Woodman Jr

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