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Stronger Social Fabric

9 Personal Ideals

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[1] In Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech, the second most consequential sentence ends with six words, but the most consequential one comprises four. They both appear in the following quote. Which are they?

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Course Instruction
  1. Click here to watch only 26 seconds of the video, [Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address](v=UF8uR6Z6KLc), starting at t=12m31s.
    • What Steve Jobs said in those 26 seconds appears in the above quote.
  2. Read all six sentences in the above quote.
  3. Read the next section, Required Reading.
  4. Read only the first five paragraphs in Chapter 11, Most Important Thing in Life, of Life in 184 Words.
    • Read only the first two sections:
      • A – What are Personal Ideals?
      • B – Social Shortcuts & Roadblocks
Required Reading

[2] A shorter phrase for, what you truly want to become, is your ideals. To practice the above philosophy by Steve Jobs, you must consider personal ideals above all because everything else is secondary. Thumoslang is a practical application of Steve Jobs’ philosophy. That’s why personal ideals are the most consequential concept in Thumoslang; see Most Important Thing in Life, Chapter 11 of Life in 184 Words.

[3] Your ideals are personal and subjective. They are the most meaningful milestones for your life, the reputation you desired after your death. They make up your ideal self, which means what you truly want to become. “Everything else is secondary,” said Steve Jobs. Regardless of your thoughts, your ideals are the Most Important Thing in Life.

[4] Suppose you’re a migrant in the United States who does not speak English. “Learn English,” a native speaker would suggest. “English helps you save time in your daily life.” Learning English should be your first priority even if you have not decided what you want to do in this country.

[5] Suppose you’re a migrant to Earth who does not speak the nomenclature for social life. “Learn Thumoslang,” an Earthling would suggest. “Thumoslang helps you save time in your social life.” If you have not identified your ideals, you should make Thumoslang fluency the first of your ideals.

[6] If you are not sure or do not know what your ideals are, your first ideal, by default, should be to achieve fluency in Thumoslang. As you become more fluent in Thumoslang, you become more aware of your other ideals and capable of articulating them.

Optional Reading
Appendix 9Z — Chapter Review

[7] Can you describe the concept of personal ideals for everyone? If not, review the previous chapter.

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