Connecting The Dots…

Almost 2 months since i last posted on the blog. No, it wasn’t the blogger’s block or anything like that. It’s just that i felt vain sitting down to write when i had not stood up to live the life of an entrepreneur. Now i can say that i have really started to live an entrepreneur’s daily struggles…

 I have been meeting people, talking about my project, finishing the b-plan (which never gets finished in reality), trying to connect the dots…

The first thing i did when i got my new laptop at the beginning of this month was to watch this video of a speech by Steve Jobs at the University of Stanford graduation ceremony in June 2005. It’s a classic :

 I have learned some important things in these past few weeks. I already knew these things deep inside but now they have become ingrained in my mind. It’s not only important to learn but also to remember what you have learned so you can use those pearls of wisdom when you really need them. Following are a few pearls of wisdom from this video:

1. “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.

Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worned path and that will make all the difference.”

2. “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.”

3. “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things 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. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

4. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”

5. “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

 To read the full transcript of the speech, click here

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