Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jobs' Advice

“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.”
- Steve Jobs, 2005 commencement address at Stanford University.
Karl Neiswender, my high school calculus teacher, taught us how to program in Fortran on an Apple IIe.  I learned of Steve Jobs's death while using the facebook app on my iPhone.  I'm typing this now on my MacBook Pro.  A curious symmetry. 
I'll not try to improve on Jobs' words by commenting.  Click here to see his entire Stanford commencement address.

1 comment:

  1. "have the courage to follow your heart and intuition"

    that sounds so incredibly obvious
    and powerful
    and hard

    for me
    this can only happen if i
    find my center
    (which requires that I)
    be still
    (so that i can)
    listen, touch, feel
    that soft squishy place between
    my heart and my gut
    the naked truth

    but even then
    i have to trust
    and be willing to