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,


Author: 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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