Sunday, November 06, 2011

Random Thoughts: Doing What I Love

So, I'm going to get a little mushy here.

A few weeks ago, the world said goodbye to Steve Jobs. Thanks to him, I have my beloved iPod with who knows how many awesome apps. He was truly an amazing man in how he led Apple to push technology and revolutionize so many technological areas. I thank him for that.

A few years ago, during my short-lived attempt at graduate school, a professor assigned my class to read Steve Jobs' 2005 Standford Commencement address. This was one of my favorite assignments ever. His speech is amazing. I remember being inspired by that text, but this particular paragraph stood out then, and it still stands out now.

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.

I think Shelli and Steve Jobs could have been great friends. :)

This paragraph reminds me a lot of Stampin' Up! How I, as a demonstrator, love what I do. I LOVE to stamp. And I love how SU! gives me such a great opportunity to share what I love and do what I share. Furthermore, I love my day job. I'm a technical writer for a science and engineering company, and I love it.

Are you still looking for something to love? Seriously, try stamping. And if you are already in love with Stampin, try Stampin' Up! Become a demonstrator and learn why thousands of women and a handful of men proudly proclaim that they love what they do. You can still keep your "day job." (I did.) Contact me if you want to talk more about the opportunity.

Happy Stampin'

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