Advice Steve Jobs Left Us With

The other day I was listening to Jay Shetty’s podcast ON PURPOSE. He made me remember Steve Jobs’s powerful commencement speech to the 2005 class of Stanford University. I am a huge Steve Jobs fan although he seemed as if he could be an incredibly difficult person. Despite what appeared to be a difficult personality, Steve Jobs had an incredible work ethic and passion for excellence. As a fan, I went through a phase where I was reading and taking in all things Steve Jobs. I even considered limiting my dress code to a black turtleneck and black slacks for a while. This thought did not last very long. 🙂

I was excited when I came across this commencement speech many years ago because it gave me another glimpse into the mind of Steve Jobs. The other day I pulled it up and watched it again only to realize the message still has value today. I hope that you will take the time to check his speech out, but if you don’t have time I would say that these are the big takeaways:

  • Follow your heart
  • Keep looking until you find what you love
  • Your time on this earth is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life

Much Love,


Published by Tonza D. Ruffin

Perfectly Imperfect but VERY PROUD WOMAN, MOM, LAWYER, and AUTHOR, but most importantly...LIFE LOVER! I laugh loud, I work hard, I play hard, I am adventurous, I am curious, I am driven, I have moments of deep insecurity, I am loving, I am vulnerable, I am explosive (not one of my finer qualities), I dance around my house alone, I am an awful perfectionist which makes my insecurity worse, I sing out loud in my car without any concern for whose watching, I have trust issues, I do not live through my children, I no longer try to force my children into the mold that I created so that I could feel validated as a mother, I am a risk-taker, I am guarded in my personal life, I am kind, I am grateful. I am so excited about the rest of my life!

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