Good Tuesday morning,
One of the great things about a long weekend (aside from the fact that it’s long) is that it gives you a bit more time to think about the things in your life. You can get all of your regular stuff done and actually have a rest day.
On my “rest” day, I watched a commencement speech given by Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, to the 2015 graduates of George Washington University.
Tim did all the right things in his life, in the right order. He obtained an engineering degree and earned an MBA, and in a fortunate series of events, he had the opportunity to meet with Steve Jobs.
Apple was adrift at the time. Completely unhinged from its previous uniqueness & purpose, it had devolved into just another tech company. Ironically, Tim was also adrift in his professional life.
“Work was work. There were things that I really wanted to do, but I thought that had to happen in my personal life… Maybe that’s just the world we live in.”
Tim was converted by Jobs, the unrelenting idealist, believing that building technology with a passion and a purpose, they could change the world. Cook took the position with Apple and it changed his life. He learned that by working with people who had both values and acted upon them in their work environments, work became about more than improving his own self. Through their work, they have made significant positive impact to communication, collaboration, innovation, environmental and social conscientiousness, among other endeavours.
If you feel adrift, like Tim, you too can find work that is infused with moral purpose – work that both pays the bills and allows you do what is right, good, and just. It’s not always easy to land the right opportunity, but if you know where to look, it will find you. Here are 5 thoughts that I hope will motivate to that end:
- Some choices are easy, some are hard. Some will make you question everything.
- The world needs your energy, passion & impatience.
- Don’t shrink from risk.
- Tune out the cynics & critics.
- It can be you & it must be you.
I was speaking to a very good friend of mine whose sister died 2 years ago. Her death has made him question everything. The work he does, the way he spends time with friends, and how his relationship looks like with his family.
“Work takes on new meaning when you are pointed in the right direction. Otherwise, it’s just a job & life is too short for that.“
Consider these words, and allow them to give life to your goals and encourage you to unleash your potential. You only get one life to share with this world – how will you invest your time?
For 20 minutes well invested, click here to watch Tim’s speech.
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