Steve Jobs’ advice to Standford’s graduating class is EXACTLY what I tell mompreneurs…in so many words.
In 2005 Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, spoke some profound words to the Stanford graduating class about finding your purpose.
It’s exactly what I tell my clients and audiences when I speak about how to find your purpose. I wrote about it in my book Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire
1. Look at your past (your experiences, your jobs, your personality, your talents) to connect the dots. Jobs talked about how dropping out of college freed him to take calligrapher classes that had NO practical applications to his life. But 10 years later, when designing the Macintosh computer it came back to him and how “It was the first computer with beautiful typography”. Steve Jobs says, “Again, 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.”
2. Do What You Love. I remind moms everyday, being a Stay At Home Mom is difficult, mundane and exhausting enough create a business that will add extra joy to your days of diapers and snotty noses. Don’t go after the money! Create a business that’s based on a LOVE!
Jobs talked about how being fired from Apple, the company that he created, was very painful; but he came to understand how much he LOVED computers and went on to create 2 more companies around that passion. He says, “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.”
3. Live life like you are dying. Like Jobs, I had a real taste of death when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and then again in 2007. Death will give you a new perspective on life. When you KNOW, FOR SURE, that death is trailing you it’ll make you get busy. Unless you’ve had this experience, death is an intellectual thought, but put it in your mind EVERYDAY. And get busy living. Jobs said, “for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If 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.”
No wonder he has had such an awesome and inspiring life! He has found his life’s purpose and has lived it brilliantly!
You can view the video on YouTube here.
And read the transcript on Standford’s website here.