Sunday, October 22, 2006

I'm not the only one

Dave posted up a super cool commencement speech that Steve Jobs gave and it's yet another example of people hitting their stride a little later in life. Check it:

It's probably just 'cause I've been more attuned to it the last few years but I feel like I've noticed more stories of people kind of reinventing themselves. That book "What shold I do with my life?" certainly helped me realize I wasn't the first one to do it. I feel validated when I hear people like Steve Jobs (who's been pretty successful, even more-so after losing it all at 30) say "take your time and find something you love to do." I did and I have.

When I tell people the story of how I quit my job at the height of my success I usually get one of two reponses. One is the condescending "well, that seems irresponsible, what with lost salary and status and all." The other is something approaching admiration maybe mixed with a shot of envy. That response usually comes from people who perhaps are in my same spot and not loving what they do. And I totally understand. It's not an easy thing to do for sure.

In fact it was without question the hardest thing I've ever done.

My friend Danny called yesterday and said he'd been bragging me up in Dallas recently which was awfully nice to hear especially since I know there was alot of grumbling about decisions I was making back in 2003 to quit my job and go back to school. I'm finally getting some redemption with my recent successes.

And one last note, my folks are going to see the Stones tonight in Zilker Park in Austin. First time they've ever seen them. Which is weird considering they're the Stones' age and I'm the one who's seen them 4 times. After tonight, they'll understand why I've seen them that many times.

Off to LA tomorrow afternoon, back Wednesday night.

I'll try to post up some shiznit from the trip.


Blogger david said...

Sweet, glad you enjoyed it too.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Tania Rochelle said...

Have a great trip!

7:54 AM  

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