I’m spending some time as a guest at Stanford University right now, enjoying what the university offers and learning what I feel like without any academic pressure. It’s pretty quiet here, and it seems like everyone is studying. For me, it’s pretty relaxed, and I’m often drawn to riding around campus on an old ’72 Peugeot road bike I picked up at the local Goodwill.
Being at Stanford and all, I’m brought to remember Steve Jobs’ commencement speech here in 2005, which I often quote from. Here’s another secret – I put it on my iPod and I must have listened to it at least 43.5 times over the past few years. It has definitely pumped me in the direction of charting my own path.
I like most of the speech, but I’m a particular fan of “keep looking, don’t settle” (if you haven’t found what you love) with regards to all aspects of life. It’s nothing new, but a great reminder. A really great reminder. It’s also nice hearing it from someone’s actual experiences, and Steve Jobs’ professional life has been very public.
Caring means sharing, so here’s a link to an edited version of the speech I made (right click to save), free of the pre-speech and the commentator remarks – perfect for listening to over and over and over again.