Don’t Settle


Good Morning people, it’s certainly been a while. Today’s feeling like a good day, got up early, got my Holy Hour, got some exercise done and had a brilliant drive to Monash.


I’m now chilling in Starbucks with a caffe latte, reading these few lines:

“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.” – Steve Jobs

It’s been one year since the passing of Steve Jobs, and thankfully Apple overcame his death and kept moving forward, without forgetting the man that made it all possible. His quote above is one of my favourite Jobs quote, as well as an all-time favourite. I remember hearing this during the 2005 Stanford commencement speech, and what a speech it was. The lines above stuck about in my head for a while, and I thought about them, and today, I’m thinking about it again.

It’s actually pretty straightforward. He’s telling me not to sell out for a career, not to make the cash flow from a career my main priority but to do something that is satisfying, something that I will love, something that goes deeper than just a job. I know it sounds corny, I know it sound naive, but why not try and look? Why settle when this will be something that I will need to do for the rest of my life, and if I hate my job I’m pretty sure the other aspects of life will be affected, so the bigger risk I can actually make, in the long run, is the risk of not risking it for a passionate & satisfying career. See, whatever it is, it’s got to be something that we personally deem ‘worth it’ and satisfying. It could be difficult, maybe the job we love is difficult, but if difficulty killed trying, then we would be still living in caves, it’s about how you look at it, difficulty can be seen as a challenge, a challenge to help one grow, since growth only happens at the point of resistance. But anyway, I guess what I’m saying, to you and me, is don’t sell out. Don’t let the salary be the main concern in your career, yes I love materialism, but I’ve said they the materials you have will be worth nothing if you aren’t happy, materialism makes life more comfortable, it doesn’t guarantee happiness. It’s all about the choices we make, we’ve got to make sure that what we decide, is what we want, that its worth it, because if its worth it then all the setbacks and struggle will be worth it.

And his quote doesn’t just apply to your career, think about it, it can apply to almost anything. Don’t let money be the main or only deal closer in life, because there are plenty of people with huge houses filled to the brim in luxury but have empty lives.

I’m not saying I don’t want to be rich, of course I want to, but I want to do something that I will enjoy to get there, maybe it sounds idealistic, but I’m going to try, and if I fail it will be my own fault. Ideally, id love to have a corporate life but being able to continue writing (hopefully by that time my writing would have improved and I’m a known journo-blogger) and branch out into motivational & personal development speaking. Ideally.

I’m not sure whether I’m getting my point clearly across, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged and my mind is feeling a little rusty.

Don’t settle for a life that you don’t love and enjoy, that doesn’t satisfy and elevate you, that doesn’t help you reach self-actualisation. Bigger is not always better, having more is not always better. Remember simplicity, because it is the simple things that can bring about the most joy in life.

On that note, I bid you adieu;

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

Straight From The Heart


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