This has nothing to do with photography but this speech really inspires me to dig in deep and chase what I am passionate about. I asked my Black and White Photography Class teacher if he would go to photography school if he was to do it all over again. He never hesitated saying that you have to be happy with what you do. He talked about being in jobs that he did not like and being in tough jobs when he was in the military. It reminded me of Steve Job's speech since it also talks about the same message. To do what you love to do because you love doing it. I knew that I wanted to do photography ever since I unconsciously started with my mother's point and shoot film camera photographing my classmates back in high school. Since then, I documented my travels and my life with a camera. I became aware that I love and can do photography since it can bring happiness to people when I photograph a moment in people's lives and share it with them. So I am currently applying to San Francisco Arts Institute to learn more of this craft and be technically and aesthetically great with my photographs. I just don't want to sit down when I am old regretting not doing what I always want to do.
The video is down below along with notes from Steve Job's commencement speech.
-About connecting the dots
-The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me and begin dropping in on the one that looked interesting.
-And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.
-You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that that dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
-About love and loss
-What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
-But something slowly began to dawn on me - I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I have been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
-The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
-Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.
-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.
-I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
-Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
-Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
-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.
- On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself.