A video of Steve Jobs addressing an audience at Stanford University back in 2005 has once again gone viral. His talk about pursuing your dreams has been viewed over 26 million times and still strikes a chord today.
He begins his speech by talking about how he dropped out of college, slept on a friend’s floor and started attending classes which genuinely interested him.
Jobs attended a typography course, which would later inspire the typography that was integrated into the first Mac computer.
He went on to explain how he was fired from Apple ten years after starting it.
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
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.”
Jobs went on to create NeXt and Pixar which was bought by Apple. He then went back to work for Apple a second time.
“I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple.
Don’t lose faith.
I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did.
You’ve got to find what you love.”
In his commencement speech, Jobs went on to say that he asks himself every morning: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”
“And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Death is very likely the single best invention of life.
It is life’s change agent.
It clears out the old to make way for the new.”
Jobs finished by advising his audience to not let the noise of others’ drown out their inner voice, but to follow their own intuition.
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