Parting Advice from Steve Jobs

It’s hardly news at this point that Steve Jobs died today. And like many folks, I’m rather shocked by how quickly this happened, considering how recently he stepped down from his role as CEO of Apple.

Though it’s incredibly sad news and reading about it doesn’t help make it any easier (except for those rare people who are revealing something truly new and insightful about how they knew Steve), I find a lot of comfort and wisdom in the 2005 Stanford Commencement Address he gave.

If you’ve never heard or seen it before, take a few minutes and do so now. It’s well worth your time. Of the many things he says in that brief speech, here’s something that has always stuck with me.

You’ve got to find what you love!

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–and don’t settle.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Steve Jobs is gone. But it is my sincere hope that the passion and inspiration that has spread to so many people over the years will live on and continue to impact the world for years to come.

About Jeremy Zawodny

I'm a software engineer and pilot. I work at craigslist by day, hacking on various bits of back-end software and data systems. As a pilot, I fly Glastar N97BM and high performance gliders in the northern California and Nevada area. I'm also the original author of "High Performance MySQL" published by O'Reilly Media. I still speak at conferences and user groups on occasion.
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  4. Liporidex says:

    What an inspirational story. I never tire of hearing it…

    “stay hungry, stay foolish!”

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