Monday, September 27, 2010


Just saw Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford 2005.
Personally I barely 'know' him, other than Apple gadgets that everyone seems to have nowadays. But I just found out that his biological father is Syrian, her mum is American, then he was adopted by an American couple. I never knew that dropping out college was his own decision in his first semester, learning that he had to spend his parents fortune if he has to continue his study. He was diagnosis with pancreatic cancer on 2004, and the doctor even said that he only had 6 months to 'sort things out'.

But I learned that he's one of the best example of the more you have to more humble you become. He'd slept on his friend's room's floor, returned coke bottle for 5c so he could bought food from a temple 7 miles across the town. Now, he had 5.426 million shares of Apple and 138 million shares of Disney (after Pixar acquisition). But still he chose 2006 MerC SL as his car. I know somehow there are comments that mentioned that he is an 'egomaniacs', whatever it means. But nobody's pefect and who we are so we can judge people? For me, just pick good sides of every successful people, learn how the do it, and then do our work. He is also a good example of being grateful for whatever God gave, even being DO'd and diagnosed with the malignant neoplasma.

Being in new country often led me to a question: what God does want me to do in my life?
And some of Steve Jobs' words kind of giving me a new perspective :
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. 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.

And speaking of how we should set a goal in our life, he had some good thoughts too:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.
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.

Hmmm... seriously, it's more that I can handle. But I think we are all on mission here, either we had figured it out or not. So, as long as we stay hungry and stay foolish (The Whole Earth Catalog, Steve Jobs' speech) sooner or later we'll find it. 


Anonymous said...

Keren ah tulisannya :)

EPHO's said...

ah, ada tamu...Iya Gil, Steve Jobs emang slalu keren kalo bikin speech. TfV ya!