by Tiara Williams
Perhaps one of the most profound commencement speeches that has ever been delivered is from Steve Jobs. He is an innovative mega- inventor, entrepreneur and one of the most brilliant minds that the world has ever seen.
In this video, Jobs delivered a speech to the students of Stanford University. His words are candid, transparent and this speech truly penetrate the soul. He shares three stories that relate to love faith, love, and death.
First, Jobs told a story about having faith and learning to trust that everything will work out. He talks about his decision to drop out of college. He says, “So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.”
When he speaks about love, he talks about the period in life where he was fired from Apple, a company he created. He talks about his disappointment and thought that life as he knew it was over. But then he realized, “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.”
Finally, Jobs talks about loss. He speaks of his death sentence that his doctors gave him when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He says, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there.And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. 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.”
Jobs eventually passed from cancer, but this message lives on. We have to start living our lives for ourselves, pursuing our own interests and finding our inner voices.
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