Steve Jobs, college dropout and CEO of Apple Computer, Stanford University Commencement, 2005:
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: „Of today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?“ And whenever the answer has been „No“ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something…almost everything – al external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these feelings 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 you have something to lose.
- Surround yourself with passionate people.
If you spend time with achievers, big dreamers and creators, the spark will hop on over to you. Spend time with people who challenge you, people that are wiser in a certain area that you would like to learn about. Let people inspire and motivate you to follow your passion. We all seek out connections. But they are not always going to find us. You have to go out and seek them yourself, even though it is scary to meet new people. The more people you meet the more you’re able to change the world one person at a time.
- Seek purpose
What problem might you be able to help solve?
In what way would you like to change the world?
What are you interested in and what do you love doing?
What brought you joy as a kid?
What do you want people to say about you once you’ve drawn your last breath?
Sit down and take some time to answer those questions for you.
- Be patient
It might take some time to figure out what your true passion is. Don’t fret! Every single chapter in your life is getting you ready for this and teaches you something you can use later one. Stay positive and keep learning until you find it.