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Are you struggling to make a decision about your career?

Steve Jobs, CEO Apple Computer

Are you struggling to make a decision about what to do with your life? Go to uni and study media, or not? Get a job now or continue your education? Stay in the industry you started your working life in, or change course now to something you really want to do? Many people are juggling just such questions and people like me can offer our experiences and advice but only you can make the decision.

I just love this excerpt from a speech Apple computer boss, Steve Jobs, gave to students at Stanford University in the USA. He told three stories, the last about death following his cancer diagnosis. It may sound morbid but his message is inspirational:

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. 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.”

You can read the whole text here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

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