The Career of Steve Jobs

By, 10/12/2011

The passing of someone like Steve Jobs affects us all. It doesn’t matter if we happen to be Apple junkies or have sworn never to purchase an Apple product, everyone can agree some of the biggest advancements in consumer technology were only possible because of the vision and equally important dedication Mr. Jobs had to make those visions a reality. There has been much written about the business man, developer, and visionary since his passing, but I felt it important to point out here one of the career lessons we can all learn when looking at the career of Steve Jobs – this being a careers blog after all.

Many quotes have been used from the 2005 commencement speech Mr. Jobs gave at Stanford University. I believe one of the reasons this speech has become viral is the desire to gain insight into what made Mr. Jobs and his career so great, made all the more unique given he did not graduate from college. What advice could he give to new graduates as they set off to start their own careers?

Take a moment to read the excerpt below from Yahoo! Finance:

“In that address, delivered after Mr. Jobs was told he had cancer but before it was clear that it would ultimately claim his life, Mr. Jobs told his audience that ‘death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent.’

The benefit of death, he said, is you know not to waste life living someone else’s choices.

‘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.’“

Steve Jobs not only spoke these words – he lived them. As you focus on your career, if you can have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, I believe you put yourself in the best possible position to become successful yourself. We may not all create companies that change the way the world thinks and operates like Mr. Jobs did, but you can ultimately create a career that you are proud of and therefore would consider a success.