Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A personal leadership message from Steve Jobs

Thanks to an assignment at my university I watched a commencement speech of Steve Jobs at Stanford University in June 2005. Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Inc., the co-creator of Macintosh computer, Pixar Animation Studio, iPod, iPhone, and, more recently, iPad.

A truly inspiring speech from a person who is hard not to respect for his achievements.

Few quotes from his speech:
"...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 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."