这是Steve Jobs,Apple Computer和Pixar Animation Studios的总裁于2005年6月12日在一个毕业典礼上的一部分讲词。

... If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life...

... Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle...

... When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something...

... Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart...

... 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 importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary...


这是我今天打开电邮的时候收到LL转发给我的。我很少开转发的电邮,可是不知道为什么我就是打开了这封电邮。可能是注定的吧!我才在星期一接触死亡,今天我就收到这封关于人生的电邮。我一直相信死亡距离每一个人很近,这一次的经验更加深了我的信念。我的客户(client)的妈妈去世了。我最后一次和她聊天,她才说希望自己的女儿比自己早死。可惜,并不能如愿。那天客户的爸爸对客户说,不晓得我俩哪一个会先离开。然后接着说,应该是自己。因为客户还很健康。

我想,如果即便是健康的我都很难接受我爸爸妈妈的离世,更何况是一直依赖爸爸妈妈的我的客户。

人,只能活这么一次。所以,我真的觉得,有什么想做的、想说的,就勇敢去做吧!想想,如果做了任何自己真的很想做的事情,而第二天自己就离世,那也的确没有什么是值得觉得不好意思或遗憾的。不是吗?

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