Steve jobs one of the best motivational speech at stanford university.
This heading has become a well-known sentence because it was re-uttered by a man who created Apple Inc. Steve Jobs. The most innovative Human, the world has ever produced. He delivered a speech in the Stanford University. Words are not adequate to reiterate his speech. I am still trying to…..
He began the speech in the convocation – Truth be told, I have never graduated from College, and this is the closest ever I have got to a College Graduation.
Then he shared 3 stories of his life. And analysed life flawlessly with honesty, flamboyancy, and delightedness.
Connecting the dots looking backwards, not forwards:
Here’s what he shared – how his biological mother put conditions on his college education. How he joined the Reed College, and then stumbled upon Calligraphy class by following his curiosity and intuition. There, he learnt seriff and san seriff typefaces. He also gained knowledge by varying spaces how to make letter combinations beautiful. The beauty and artistic subtleness of this subject fascinated him. He didn’t have any clue about the utility of this in his life.
But 10 years past when he was busy in designing first Macintosh Computer he realised the value of that class. He uttered – Of course it was impossible to connect the dots when I was in College, but it was very very clear looking backwards 10 years later. So, you have to trust that your dots will somehow connect in your future, you have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma whatever….
Love and Loss:
Here he shared – How did they form Apple. How did they work hard to make Apple from a garage to a 2 billion dollar company with over 4000 employees. How he got fired from his own company. Though it was devastating for him, but he still loved what he did. The turn of Apple event didn’t change that bit.
He decided to start over and in next 5 years he started a company NeXT, another Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman Laurene, who later became his wife. Pixar went on to make its first successful animation feature film – Toy Story. His story turned later when Apple bought NeXT, and he became a part of Apple again. The technology they developed at NeXT had become a heart of Apple’s renaissance. So, this was his story of Love and Loss.
Here he analysed – I am pretty sure none of this wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t fired from Apple. It was awful testing medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t loose faith.
His verdict – The driven force of your life is love. Follow what you love to do. And if you haven’t found it yet, don’t settle. You would get to know once you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as years roll on. So, keep looking, don’t settle.Advertisement
If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.
The moment we arrive in front of death – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of failure fall away. We live only with what is truly important. Remembering that we are going to die is the best way to avoid the trap of fear or lose of something. When he was diagnosed with cancer, he had gone for a Scan. The Scan detected Cancer of the Pancreas. Doctor told to go home and do his affairs in order. Intimated indirectly – be prepared to die. While on the same evening they did the biopsy. The report said – the cancer is curable through surgery.
Next, Steve uttered a universal truth. No one wants to die, even those who are willing to go to heaven don’t want to die.
At last he again shared an omen. In 1960’s, when he was young there was a magazine called “The Whole Earth Catalogue.” Created by Stewart Brand. It was before the age of DTP, through Polaroid Camera, scissors, and typewriters. It was a sort of Google search engine overflowing with neat tools and great notions. In mid 1970’s the final edition came up. On the back cover of this final issue they signed off with a picture of early morning country road.
Beneath it he found a message – Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
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