I’ll be honest: I didn’t know much about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs until he died yesterday.
Sure, I knew that he as the visionary behind the once-floundering tech company, changing the way we navigate the web — and, let’s face it, life — with iTunes, the iPod and, most recently, the tablet. Because of his design and ingenuity, we browse the web, get our news, communicate with friends and share our lives differently.
And yeah, I knew that he was a college drop-out — what amazing person isn’t these days — and made the smartest (if not luckiest) business decision to buy Pixar Animation Studios right before “Toy Story” hit theaters.
But I didn’t know one thing: how passionate he was about this job that he loved. I mean, really loved.
We all have those moments where we’re sitting in our cubicle, pondering how we got there. You hate your job, you hate your boss, you hate the fact that you do nothing productive or meaningful for 40, 50, 60 hours a week. That’s a lot of time to waste — and you’re doing it.
You always hear people talk about loving your job, working in a career that you love so it doesn’t feel like work at all. Yeah, yeah, whatever. Try paying a mortgage, student loans and credit card bills from Christmas 2007 on an [insert dream job] salary.
But it was something Jobs said during a commencement address at Stanford University in 2005 that really struck me:
“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. 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.”
Watch the entire commencement address
Life is too short to do something we hate 2,080 hours a year.
So look around. If you’re not happy, if you’re not passionate about what you’re doing, if you feel like you’re living an unfilled life — stop, drop and roll. Happiness may be waiting for you to clock out.