Last week I posted an article on connecting the dots looking backwards which people seemed to really enjoy. It featured Steve Jobs commencement speech to Stanford’s graduating class of 2005 and the core message is you have to trust “your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever” that things will work out in the end.
This week I wanted to share another fantastic commencement address, this time by the head of the US Navy SEALs. He gave this commencement address in 2014 to the University of Texas which contains 10 lessons from SEAL training, which he summarises beautifully at the end:
“Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone.
Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often. But if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, then the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”
I find that last sentence particularly true. If you never ever give up then things have a funny way of working out…and the same can be true for pursuing a career that you love.
It might feel as tough as Navy SEAL training but if you don’t give up you will get there and the rewards will be a life you’ve always been dreaming about. To me that sounds like it’s worth the effort.