Reading time: 2 - 4 minutes
Video Time: 15 minutes 5 seconds
No one can deny Steve Jobs has been an incredibly bold entrepreneur from the start. Co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. and former CEO of Pixar, Jobs has continually pushed the limits of technological innovation and artistic creation. In this commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005, Jobs casually offers up three stories, loaded with important life lessons.
Jobs discusses his college days, in particular his decision to drop out, but then “drop in” on classes. Clearly a person who often took the path less traveled in life, the lessons he learned while “dropping in” on classes were invaluable and would contribute to his success later on in life. He says, “you can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards,” and encourages us to follow our hearts, to trust that one day it will all come together. As long as we are working towards what we are passionate about, it will be worth it.
Jobs talks about how he and Steve Wozniak built up Apple, starting out as just two guys in a garage. Not everything was perfect during his time at Apple. At age 30 he was essentially fired from Apple and didn’t know what to do with himself. But what he did know was what he was passionate about. Shortly after leaving Apple he created Pixar and NeXT Computer. Pixar needs no explanation of its incredible success, and NeXT was eventually bought by Apple, putting Jobs once again at the helm. This experience taught him a lot, and Jobs urges us to persevere in life, saying, “Do what you believe is great work…keep looking, don’t settle.”
At the end of the speech, Jobs discusses his recent health struggles. He urges us to use the knowledge of death to push ourselves to achieve what we want, to make necessary changes in our life and start doing what we love and what we feel is important, right away.
Don’t let the length of this video fool you, there’s plenty of knowledge and wisdom packed in! Happy Learning!
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