Steve Jobs: Commencement Speech at Stanford

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple and Pixar Animation addressed the 2005 Graduates of Stanford University. His structure – sharing three stories – each relating to the audience – with lightheartedness sprinkled throughout a heart-centered message.

He spoke candidly speaks about his life, rise to fame, and death…
Steve Jobs, on life’s experiences, “You have to trust that the dots will connect somewhere down the road…”

On creating Macintosh:
… Steve mentioned stumbling into a calligraphy class, learning about fonts, serif and sans serif … designing his first Macintosh computers, “And since Windows just copied the Mac…”

Philosophy on careers:
“You’ve got to find what you love. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet – keep looking – and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Advice on Life:
“Your time is limited – so don’t waste it – living someone else’s life.”
“Don’t let the opinion of others 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 what to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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