Do It Right
In what has to be the greatest commencement speech of all time, Steve Jobs famously told Stanford graduates that the only way to be happy is “to do what you feel is great work.” The advice is brilliant in its elasticity because everyone has their own definition of “great work.” Whether you want to be the wealthiest investment banker on the planet, a poet who is able to publish work you find meaningful, or the world’s greatest parent, we all need achievement to feel fulfilled.
Regardless of your personal definition, we can all agree that Andrea Riley’s advice is a blueprint for doing great work. Doing it right—taking pride in your job, no matter how big or small—is a must. As is finding a way to make society a better place in the process. If you can find a way to do work that improves the world in some way, and take pride in doing it correctly, you’ll be on the road to happiness. Just take it from Steve Jobs.
Student. Mac Fan. Happiness Road Warrior.