I have a great deal of respect for Steve Jobs. As one of the founders of Apple Computer, Next Computer and Pixar Studios, I think he’s a pretty amazing guy and his impact on the world via his contributions to the computer industry are huge.
If you’re interested to hear what advice a guy like Steve Jobs might give a young school leaver when it comes to life and success, then you might enjoy watching this video of Steve giving the commencement speech at Stanford University last year. In it he offers his thoughts about what matters most in life and what success really means.
What I thought was interesting is that he was not saying the things that “the system” promotes, namely go to school, get a good education, get a good job and work hard for the rest of your life. Instead he talks about diversity of learning experiences – connecting the dots, as he calls it – and how learning should be for life, in areas that fascinate you, about things which make you passionate. His message is that life is way too short to spend doing things that don’t make you excited every day.