Arguably the Best Career Guidance of All Time: My Favorite Talk by Steve Jobs

Written by Scott April 3, 2015

My Birthday Tradition…

Today is my 33rd birthday, so I thought I’d share a little tradition with you.

Every year I like to take at least a few minutes to look back on what’s led me to today. A million things are always at play, but this time around I thought I’d share a talk from the late Steve Jobs. It deserves disproportionate credit in me sitting right here, having the privilege of sharing this with 100,000 of you from all over the world, especially as we get ready to board our one-way flight to Amsterdam to continue our world tour and hang out with a bunch of you in real life!

I can’t believe I get to call this work. I’m so incredibly grateful for what Live Your Legend has become for all of us.

I’ve seen Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech dozens of times. I keep it saved on my iPhone, and for a while, I watched it monthly. I recommend the same practice to you, and whether you’ve seen it before or not (I assume many of you have), take a few minutes right now to watch it again.

It’s one of the most influential talks I’ve ever seen, and I’d probably call it the best career talk of all time.


One of my favorite quotes…

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking back. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path. That will make all the difference.” 

And another…

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s 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 already want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

But there are so many.

Give it a watch and tell me your favorite line in the comments on the blog.

You all add more to these birthdays than you realize. Thank you for that.

Stay hungry. Stay foolish…


World Tour Update: We’re back in California for a wedding this weekend and then catching a one-way flight to Amsterdam next week. If you’re around, come join us for our Amsterdam LYL Local event.

I also have a big wedding toast to give this weekend – I might be a tad nervous, which is another reason I’m re-watching a little Steve Jobs. 😉

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