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Steve Jobs & Sheryl Sandberg


Learning from death (Sheryl Sandberg & Steve Jobs)
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In his speech to Stanford’s 2005 graduating class, Steve Jobs described how he endured the difficulties he had faced (being fired from the company he founded, his battle with cancer) and left the graduates with the message, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”

  • Don’t let your expectations about the future guide your present. Learn from your past and trust in your intuitions.
  • Find a line of work to which you can wholeheartedly dedicate yourself. Never compromise, and seek until you find. Don’t settle.
  • Life is short, and time does not come back again. Don’t try to live someone else’s life.
  • Don’t ever give up on your pursuit to make the world a better place. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

In the 2016 UC Berkeley commencement, Sheryl Sandberg also talked about how she had endured her own difficulties (sudden death of her husband), and emphasized resilience in oneself and building resilient organizations/communities.

  • What determines a person’s character is not the outcome of one’s efforts but how one endures the most difficult of situations.
  • When something bad occurs, don’t place the entirety of the blame on yourself. More likely than not, the occurrence is not entirely your fault.
  • When faced with difficulties, do not let such challenges negatively influence the course of your entire life. Do not let these events turn you into a pessimist.
  • Sorrow is not eternal. Allow yourself to forget the sadness of loss gradually with the passing of time.
  • No one is born strong. As you overcome painful experiences, grow in your capacity to overcome life’s obstacles with wisdom.

Over a period of 10 years, Apple and Facebook’s heads shared the lessons they had learned from death and loss with the graduating classes of rivaling schools, Stanford and Berkeley.

  • Up to the day of his death, Steve Jobs dedicated his every living minute to the development and refinement of a mobile device that would change the world for the better.
  • Even through the pain of the loss of a loved one, Sheryl Sandberg has learned to better express her thanks to those around her and worked to spread a message of gratitude to people around the world.

In recent years, Koreans have been struggling under the weight of a growing defeatist attitude about their country. As deaths caused by governmental errors mingles with the subsequent sorrow of the losses, more and more Koreans are submitting to the pessimistic “Hell Joseon” mindset.

Is there nothing we can do but to accept reality the way it is? Is it really futile for individuals to make an effort to make the world a better place? Although Korea’s situation is different from that of Jobs and Sandberg, what are some lessons we can take away from these leaders?

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