The passing of Steve Jobs has brought a lot of attention back to his speech he gave to Stanford University in 2005. About a month before Steve passed away I used his speech in one of my live career events. I think you can get a lot from his speech, but this particular part is very valuable when searching for your ideal career.
“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.”
I love this because I truly believe it is critical to truly love what you do. You spend so much time at your job, shouldn’t it be something that you are passionate about and brings you fulfillment? Don’t settle for a career that you don’t love!
Watch Steve Job’s entire commencement speech below:
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