Yesterday was an end of an era as Steve Jobs stepped down from Apple as CEO. Steve is known for many things – Revolutionizing mobile phones, creating amazing portable music devices, coming up with sexy computers, and giving some of the most compelling presentations you’ve ever seen.
My favorite Steve Jobs moment however has little to do with technology. It is a commencement speech he did back in 2005. Although I’ve watched it several times, it never fails to resonate with me every time I listen to it. Here are some great snippets from the speech:
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. 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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Watch the video. No matter where you are in life, I’m sure if will speak to you. The full transcript is also available online.
As for me I’ll Stay Hungry. I’ll Stay Foolish.
Thank you Steve for everything. It’s been a blast.
Hey – Google’s new awesome cloud music service is out on closed beta! It syncs to the cloud so all your music is synchronized across all devices. It supports both online streaming and offline listening in a very seamless manner. Create instant play mixes across your whole music selection whenever you want. That, any many more cool features.
Chris from the Google Music team does a much better job of explaining it in this video, than I ever will.
Well it’s currently a closed beta but I have 5 super-exclusive invites to giveaway. Please note that it’s only open to US based users.
Enough talk – are you going to give them away or what?
Yes – just fulfill this simple criteria:
1. ‘Like’ my facebook fanpage (If you have already liked the page just proceed to step 2)
2. Drop a comment on this blog post saying you want an invite.
At the end of this week, I’ll randomly pick 5 lucky people to get an invite to this closed beta.
Go ahead, join my facebook page and drop a comment :)
UPDATE: 16/8/2011: And the randomly selected people who walk away with a cool and exclusive Google Music Invite are:
It’s been almost 4 months since the Japan quake and tsunami, and the recovery continues.
We’ve previously organized donations on this blog to help with this cause, but today I’m going to talk about one way we can help by offering our own heartfelt support.
In the last few months I’ve seen quite a number of organizations sending messages of hope to Japan – 1000 cranes for Japan , being a good example.
I’ve recently come to know about this project called Messages for Japan by Google and Fantasy Interactive where it takes it one step forward and uses the Google Translate API to come up with a platform which allows all your messages of hope to be translated directly into Japanese in real-time, so that language no longer becomes a barrier, and you can be sure that if a Japanese person ever gets on the website to read your message, you will have made an impact on their lives.
We know the road to recovery in Japan is not a quick nor easy one, but lets take the time to write something thoughtful, read other encouraging messages which have come from your area, and join the 27,000* other people who have contributed so far.
*This is the number of contributors on the ‘Messages for Japan’ site at the time of writing this post.
I’m not usually a fan of blatant PR gimmicks, but PayPal’s latest effort is so incredibly cheesy – it’s hard for me to ignore. They put together a boyband, wrote a song about one of my blog posts, and even made an MTV on YouTube.
So thumbs up to PayPal for trying. I appreciate the PR gesture :)
Please watch the video, and if you like it – share it around – and visit their YouTube channel – where they have more songs about other bloggers. Also, all the songs sound the same (which makes it more cheesy).