What a post title from a fashion blogger eh?! Well if you’re reading this, I’m glad I got your attention! As today, this very snowy and blowy day in Kitchener-Waterloo, is an excellent one for reflecting. Reflecting on life, love, and happiness of course. Which is why I am sharing the video of Steve Job’s speech to Stanford University graduates in 2005. Many of you may have already seen this, I admit I am a bit behind in many things pop culture, but even so it’s worth another watch! Steve Jobs shares his thoughts on how to live before you die, using 3 anecdotal stories.
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Inspired? I was too! What an incredible message to give new graduates, getting ready to enter the work world – however an even better message for those already in the work world.
Steve’s first story talks of connecting the dots. How you can only connect dots looking backward, so you have to believe they will connect for you in the future. Taking risks is scary, but in a few years you may reflect and see the great decision you made (even though it doesn’t look like it at the time). If you can move past your fears, and believe things will all work out the way they are meant to be, you will soar. You will have nothing to hold you back from following your heart. Even, when it leads you off the well-worn path. You can be different. You can be you. You can do what you really want to do (even if it just starts as a hobby) You never know what could happen by doing what you love. And that’s a beautiful thing!
Looking back, do you see how things have lead you to where you are today? Talk to me. I can see it!
Love and loss. Lucky for Steve, he found out what he was passionate about early in life. Not everyone is so lucky – or in a position to follow their passion. To do great work though you need to do what you love. We spend a lot of our life working away, so try to spend as much time as possible doing what you are passionate about. Remember though, even if you end up doing what you love, things won’t always be easy. Sometimes life throws bricks at you, but don’t lose faith….keep going.
In Steve’s last story, he focuses on death. How he looks in the mirror everyday and thinks if today were my last day would I want to do what I am about to do? If too many days are a no, he knows he needs to make a change. This thinking is what helped him make the big decisions in life, to cut away all the expectations and societal rules leaving only what was truly important. Seems like a good way to at least support decision making! Of course there are lots of factors to consider in life’s big decisions, but this question makes you check-in to see if you’re on the correct path.
So what can we takeaway from this speech, to help us live the happiest lives we can?
Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Listen to your own voice and try not to be swayed by others on the things that are important to you. Be positive, be strong lovelies. And don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know when the things you learn in that one class you popped into will come in handy.
Photo courtesy of The Unbounded Spirit