I re-read books. I re-watch shows and movies. Because you always have a different perspective everytime you read or watch the same thing again. Same applies to entrepreneurship. Same idea, different timings, can often be the crucial factor between success and failure. Same goes for relationships and what have you not.
But I am digressing. I re-read Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Speech again today. Steve Jobs is one of my top role models. He’s articulate, he’s a perfectionist and the brilliance in his life is so bright it just awes and inspires you.
SO today, I am inspired again, despite having heard his speech in Stanford, and then reading his speech 2 times after. somehow, reading about Steve’s life always gives you new insights into your own life.
I extracted several good parts that really reasonated with me today.
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.
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 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.
I am going to write an article on this and connect this dot with the E27 dot (Read Steve’s analogy on connecting dots). Because I think our pragmatic nation of Singapore is intolerant of dreamers (aka hungry people) and fools. All this translates to an intolerance of failures. Because the above 2 groups of people have high propensities to be failures. Coincidentally, they are two character traits of entrepreneurs too. Chandra was right. Steve Jobs wouldn’t be what he is if he was in Singapore.