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Friday, December 9, 2011 - 1:45pm

WORKING: Do What You Love

Updated: 5 years ago.
Apple founder Steve Jobs famously delivered his version of the “do what you love” advice at a Stanford University commencement speech in 2005. Brandon Smith explains how to put this broad idea into practice in our careers. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Lokner via Flickr.)

Do what you love.

That advice has come from, among others, publisher Malcolm Forbes; poet and philosopher Henry David Thoreau; and the guy sometimes called the father of television, David Sarnoff.

It was also a big part of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford in 2005. That portion of his speech was replayed frequently after Jobs died in October.

Workplace expert Brandon Smith says the advice is worth following, but should be approached practically.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.