Steve Jobs on Jobs

Steve Jobs died today, October 5, 2012.

It was expected after he was diagnosed with cancer, but still suprising, especially just one day after the new iPhone 4S launched. I read a great article about him on CNN that cited all the work he had done over his life, which was as inspiring as it was innovative. He has made such an impression on our society and the world of technology, which started in his parent’s garage and was initially funded by the sale of his VW van. After reading through all of his accomplishments and insights, one excerpt from a speech he gave to Stanford graduates stuck out.

“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.” (qtd. Griggs, CNN)

Simple, yet true.

This is such a great piece of advice in theory, but it’s scary in reality.  It sounds easy, but it can be hard to do what you love when you have expectations, lack the resources or simply don’t want to give up a cushy title or salary for the sake of loving a job. Jobs was lucky to do what he loved and make a ridiculous amount of money. That usually doesn’t happen, and rather we have to give up something to be happy with our work, it’s rare that we can have it all.

But nevertheless, it’s a good sentiment and something to keep in mind when you’re unhappy with what you do or you’re in between jobs. The happiness factor has to come into play at some point, but the key is letting it be the guiding factor. Do you think you’ll take Steve Jobs’ advice on jobs?

2 thoughts to “Steve Jobs on Jobs”

  1. Great tribute article on Jobs. His philosophy on loving what you do is so very important. I’m lucky as well to have a job I love (38 years now) with no plans to ever retire. Why would you retire from something you love?

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