Since Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs only had its premiere earlier on this month and pretty much everyone is talking about it, I thought it would be a good occasion to share my view on one of the most remarkable people of our time, too.
It seems that in the others’ eyes Steve Jobs was an extremely controversial figure, the one you either love or hate. Some people tend to demonise him, seeing a heartless creation behind the name, while for his fans he simply was a god, an impeccable genius with supernatural abilities.
I’ve never understood any of those perspectives, however, I have to admit- Steve Jobs’ influence on my life was massive. And I don’t mean the technology, I’m probably the last person on this planet who feels comfortable using modern gadgets… The reason I mention Steve Jobs is that, to me, he was one of the most inspirational human beings of all time.
His masterpiece speech at Stanford University is something I fell in love with from the minute I heard it and every time I come back to it I only love it more and more- so wise and witty, full of powerful punchlines but still simple, bitter-sweet, emotional, life- changing. And since it’s been given exactly 10 years ago I thought it deserves to be reminded. Here are my favourite quotes:
Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
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.
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 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 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.
The full speech is available here: