Friday, December 8, 2006

Quest for meaning (II)

Here's one of the most intense and humane speeches I have ever heard. Steve Jobs sharing three great stories from his life and the insights they gave him:

  1. you cannot connect the dots looking forward: only when you look back at past significant events in your life can you see the meaning

  2. when you loose something important, you have not lost much if you still love (what you do): sometimes Life hits you with a brick in the face and that's when you ought not to loose faith because there must be a meaning that you will only grasp afterwards

  3. death is life's best change agent and it's our common destination, something that can make us realize how much stronger what we share is from what sets us apart. "Live every day as though it were your last: if you do that some day you will be right". Jobs' message is: don't waste your life living somebody else's life. I particularly liked his point about how living according to dogma's is living by someone else's (outdated) beliefs



  1. Too bad the video won't start from my current location.
    These are really deep thoughts.
    Thanks for sharing them.

  2. David,
    I was absolutely stunned when I listened to Jobs' speech for the first time. Then I went through it several times and all I can say is it rings extremely true. It's as though he manages to touch a couple of extremely essential topics... I thought you'd enjoy it.