It was Steve Jobs who said the following…
“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. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” I am not sure he always spoke with such clarity – but this one is a good one to live by.
This quote spoke to me in anticipation of our final presentations this week as well. What really mattered between the lines of text and figures in the research that we all poured over? Is it something of value? Are we satisfied with how it was completed, the results, what we learned? Can we ever be satisfied with the work in progress we call our life work? I am not sure.
That said, if in our project we learned about something truly interesting, if we managed to find even the smallest amount of curious joy in the process, then our work was a success and we should find satisfaction. If not – keep looking. Maybe it was just the wrong topic, the wrong method, a bad time for you. Find what matters to you… and like Jobs said, you will know it when you find it.
The goal for me in this Friday’s presentation is to try and share the one nugget of gold “mined” from this term, and hopefully spark some interest and generate some curiosity.