One of my heroes died yesterday. Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and a man who enriched the lives of billions of people around the world, died at 56.
Steve Jobs had a fascinating life, and millions have already signed up to buy his biography, which has not even been written yet, But suffice to say He was a man of passion who did what he loved, what he believed in, and who stood by his own belief in that work.
One of his most memorable speeches, given to graduating students at Stanford, forever changed how I felt about my own work and life. I am intense person, passionate about what I do, but other have often criticized me for being too intense, and too passionate about it. I love my job, and will always believe that it is great work that requires great commitment. After watching Steve Job's commencement speech on You Tube some time ago, I no longer feel that I have to apologize for being such a passionate teacher.
"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." (Steve Jobs, 2005)
Here is the entire speech: