Steve Jobs tells the 2005 graduating class at Stanford three stories.
1 “So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma…whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you down the well worn path, and that will make all the difference.”
2 “The heaviness of being successful was being replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods in my life.”
*Long story short, he started Pixar after he left Apple. And he got married. Then went back to Apple.
3 “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.”
4 “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I have 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 that you have something to lose.”
5 “Death is very likely the single most important invention of Life.”
The best part about all of this is coming back from the bathroom at 3:26AM and seeing that low glow of the white apple on the back of my screen. Rest in Paradise, Steve.