These are the closing words of Steve Jobs, past CEO of Apple, in his speech to Stanford students at their graduation ceremony. The meaning behind them is to live your life by constantly pursuing your dream. Don’t ever settle down and get too comfortable in your ways. Life is an adventure, one with ups and downs, and it’s the people who realize and appreciate this turbulent nature that become successful and happy. Are you prepared for it, and do you want it bad enough?
The speech consists of 3 personal stories of Jobs’ life: they consisted of dealing with the adversity of being adopted, dropping out of college, and eventually starting Apple only to be fired years later. His last story is how he got cancer and learned that death is a “great invention of life.” It’s something that clears away all doubts, insecurities, and creates clarity in the mind. You are truly naked when your at death’s door with nothing to lose. All of these stories show how he dealt with problems in his life, overcame them, and constantly pursued what he loved to do.
Stay foolish. If you become too filled with pride and think you know everything, then you can’t ever stumble into anything new and exciting. You shouldn’t take life too seriously because in the end you will die. Jobs points out in the speech that if you live every day like it’s your last, then one day you will most certainly be correct. He explained that each morning he would look into the mirror and ask himself if what he was going to do that day would be worth it, and after a few days of saying No, he knew it was time for a change.
This all ties into job searching in Western New York because there are so many people who just deal with life and what comes at them. It’s the hungry people that get the jobs they want. Jobs also says that you should have the courage to follow your own heart and intuition because they somehow know what you truly want to do; everything else is secondary.