Steve Jobs: Love What You Do

“Your work,” said the late Steve Jobs, “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.”

[Stanford commencement speech, June 2005]

Best remembered for Apple Computers, Jobs bought Pixar, an animation studio, from George Lucas in 1986. In 1995, Toy Story was released, launching a streak of Pixar hits.

You can find more Steve Jobs quotes at Business Insider. Inspiration from a fellow who worked hard to make his dreams into reality.

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2 thoughts on “Steve Jobs: Love What You Do

  1. Susan Kaye

    There are many successful people who will say that you should follow your passion in your vocation and that settling will only cause you grief. I agree, to an extent. I also think one of the best lessons to learn is enduring with good grace situations that you are passionately annoyed with.

    I’m sure that for some, working with Steve Jobs was a trial, but they stayed and helped create the amazing Apple Empire.

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  2. Laura Hile Post author

    As I look back, I’ve had brushes with careers that I should have liked. You’d think that being a paralegal was a natural for someone with a degree in History–research, details, papers? The money wasn’t bad — and I was prepared to take classes for the paralegal certification. Turns out I loathed office work and bailed after a year and a half.

    Though I stored up many observations of coworkers for later use in novels… >:)

    I also worked as an office manager in a small window-tinting business for a couple of years. Lots of drama with installers and the owner. I could do the job all right, but it wasn’t easy. Every. single. day. I dreaded going to work, even when things were fine.

    Teaching is where my heart is — no surprise there — though what I do in the classroom is anything but easy. Thing is, never once have I dreaded coming to school. There’s drama, but there’s a difference. In the classroom, I Am Queen. And, well, you know … Comedian. I am made to do this job.

    And then there is writing, which is what Steve Jobs’ quote reminded me of. When all cylinders are firing, I am so engrossed that I lose track of time. That’s an indicator that I’m doing something that I love.

    I might not have a princely income — ha, not even close! — but I count myself blessed to have found two (simultaneous) careers that I both enjoy and am passionate about.

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