“And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Today I was commissioned to make a quote “pretty” so it could be hung up in an office. I ended up liking it so much that I ordered a poster print for myself too. The quote is from Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech and the picture is my own.

Jobs commencement speech

Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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.

I’m so glad I trusted myself enough to leave grad school and start Science Refinery (learn more about me here) so I could continue doing what I love–helping people improve their writing, posters, talks, job applications, and more.

Are you settling right now? If so, Steve Jobs and I agree: keep looking.

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