As a precursor to this blog, let me say that I am not a Mac fanatic. I just like to see the competition that keeps everyone on top of their game, and Mac has instilled that. In fact, I have really been enjoying the last 2 months of using Windows 7. I have even seen great advantages of playing around with Linux Ubuntu (for those of you who want to go the free route).
Okay, I got that out of the way. Because as you can see, this blog is titled “Stay Foolish”, not “A Review of Operating Systems”. “Stay Foolish” is a statement that runs contrary to conventional thinking, and therefore interesting to me. It involves a speech by Steve Jobs….again, I’m not a Mac fanatic, so bear with me.
Allow me to digress. Yesterday was a crappy day for me. I wasn’t inspired to work, and every time I tried to make myself inspired it just wasn’t happening. It never does when one tries too hard. There was a lot of laying around the house doing nothing but being depressed. There was even some TV watching (rare for me).
Surfing the internet wasn’t a lot of fun either. I wasn’t getting any FB notifications dammit! My normal routine of sites was beyond a complete bore. By late evening, it was time to look for some new ones.
Search “best new websites” and I came up with a site called 50 best websites of 2010 (as well as some previous year’s best). I found 2 that could be real winners for my life, a high percentage is my estimation.
One thing led to another, and next thing you know I am watching an old Steve Jobs’ video from 2005 at the Stanford Graduation ceremonies. It’s good stuff. It struck home for me, being an entrepreneur. I sometimes forget why I went off on my own back in November of 2009, especially when the income is not so steady, leading to depressing days like yesterday.
But this video made me remember how my regular job was back then: the mindless meetings, the lack of work, the extra responsibilities set upon me (work that didn’t interest me), the low pay, the lack of promise of a better future, the consequent lack of inspiration and finally the indifference of my superiors when there was nothing to be inspired about. “Just do your job” was a familiar quote.
Life is not supposed to be that way, right? Of course not! Therefore, the answer is to “Stay Foolish”. Quit your well paying, steady job to do something that really inspires you. Does my decision scare me these days. Hell yes! Could I go back to that well paying job? No way!
Check out the video below. Jobs is one of the best CEO’s out there at communicating. He can put it in better words than I can, so enjoy…