3 work life changing quotations

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Today I’m going to write about 3 quotes and their key messages which partly changed my attitude to work,
I heard two of them in a speech of Steve Jobs at Stanford University and saw the third one in an article (can’t remember the url).

“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 or whatever. Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart.”, Steve Jobs

It’s not possible to know about success or failure in the future when you start something new in your life, but you have to trust in whatever you decide to do. It’s possible that in some way in the future, it will connect with other things in your life.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. You ‘ve got to find what you love. 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.”, Steve Jobs

To love your work is easier said than done, but if you don’t like what you do it’s probably not the right work for you and you should try to change that.
Beeing passionate about what you’re doing makes your life easier, work is fun and your boss will thank you because you can give 150% without even knowing it.

“There are numerous possibilities once we decide to act and not react”

This one affected me most, it’s one thing to be interested in many technological / whatever stuff, but it’s another thing actually building demos/projects and getting feedback from a great community.
This makes you learn a lot more than ‘just’ keeping you up to date, because from this point on, people will know you’re actively building neat things. And maybe they’ll remember you.
It’s a little bit like this metaphor “You won’t score a goal unless you shoot”, this quote is the reason why I started building my personal projects and writing about them.
I recently read about job problems of some developers. There is a great demand for developers and .. well I’m not a human resources specialist.. but personal projects are a very nice extension of your CV, because they show commitment, they show that you are really interested in what you are doing and can actually do great work, which are all important qualities.

Let me know what you think about the quotes :)

Patrick

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