Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Steve Jobs's inspirational speech - my thoughts

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intu­ition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Every­thing else is secondary.” — Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement speech, June 12, 2005

In this society of material pursuits, our inner voices are easily drowned out by the many noises of others - so much so that we may even get confused and thought that's our own voice. You just get convinced that you are destined to do this or that and that it is only right. I think I am one fine example myself. Still confused as ever of what I want out of life.

I chose to study science cos that's the mainstream. I chose Pharmacy cos that's the next hardest course to get in and graduate from besides Medicine. I chose to work where I am now cos of the higher-than-average pay and avenue for acquiring a license. Now looking back, I must have been quite nuts. Then I thought I might be nuttier if I do arts or music or sports. So I ended up with a fraction of a talent in everything and a master of none. One thing I can be sure about is I am never clinically inclined. I hate memorizing, I love creation. I am no good with figures, better in visual. If I should pursue art then, what would my career be now? Would it be a waste if I give up what I have achieved so far in doing science?

Before I could sort out the answers all these questions, I am once again swept up by the whirlpool of my current work affairs. Temptations of money, fear of change and maintaining of status quo.

Steve Jobs ended his commencement speech  with "Stay hungry, stay foolish." So what are you hungry to learn?

One must first know what one is hungry for. Don't end up with indigestion and being truly foolish.


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