As the school year winds down, Son #2 is headed for graduation from high school. While it’s not graduation from university, it is nevertheless a momentous occasion. (Sentimental creature that I am, there will be a tissue or three in my pocket.) So it seemed timely that I ran across (in the Mental Floss e-newsletter) a link to the YouTube video of Steve Jobs addressing graduates of Stanford University in 2005. Among his inspiring words (which echo some of the sentiments expressed earlier) :
“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.”
“Don’t live someone else’s life.”
As Son #2 is poised to leap into his adult life, I hope my own example of doing work I love helps him take that message to heart.