July, 2008

Steve Job’s Speech to Graduating Class

Steve Job’s contribution to our lives include, the Apple Computer, Pixar movies, the iPod and the iPhone.
He shared his empirical truth with a graduating class at Stanford University in June 2005.

His lessons in life include:

  1. Life makes sense looking backward, not as it happens. Have faith that difficulties in life will make sense in the near future, not in the present. The best you can do is live life the best you can.
  2. Find your passion and do it.
  3. Live life as if its your last day.

Read the full speech.

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Greed Drives The World?

On a macro scale, the reality of the world is pretty harsh. “Greed” does drive the world. Of course, the “greedy” people surround themselves with other people who help them become successful. And one can only do that if you can create some loyalty, trust, amongst the supporting people, and give these people some benefit in return for their support.

In my book there are two types of “greed”
1) One greed benefits society as a whole
2) The greed benefits few or one

Naturally the first greed creates abundance, and happiness, while the other does not.

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Happy Life

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

– Albert Einstein

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Dance Like No One Is Watching

The below is an extract I found at this URL.

We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire.
The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when? Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza.
He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one.
So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy…

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Thought for the day: “Work like you don’t need money, Love like you’ve never been hurt, And dance like no one’s watching.”

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Failure a prelude to success?

Many times we need to learn hard lessons of life before we fully understand and master the truth.

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