Steve Jobs Stanford University Commencement Speech 2005

On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Many people, especially millenials,  found out about his death on devices of his own creation- MacBooks, iPhones, iPads.  This is not only a testimonial to the presence he created in our daily lives, but also that he revolutionized the way that we disseminate information as a society.

But what many people did not realize, including myself, is the man behind Apple was more than a machine-making maniac.

As college students teetering on this uncertain edge of what lays ahead, what career path to follow and how to live each day without going crazy, his remarks from his 2005 commencement address at Stanford hit exactly the crisis that so many young adults face.  He addressed his guilt at asking his working-class parents to pay for his education, his unconventional route to success and the many, many setbacks along the way.  Despite the fact he was more a student of experience than a student of an institution, his words provide the fundamental comfort and inspiration anyone needs when confronted with an impossibly daunting and mysterious future.

So if you are in a college crisis of sorts, need concise advice on how to move toward the future or just want to see the man behind the Mac, light up the little Apple on the back of your laptop and listen to the speech above.

Rest in peace.

Notable Quotes

“[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

For more quotes, go to the Huffington Post.

What did Steve Jobs mean to you?  How has Apple changed the way you live your daily life?  What are your thoughts on his speech?  Let us know, comment below.

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  • Mr. Jobs was a great man and he will me missed by us that knew him and the ones that only knew him as apple's founder, but also knew him as a wonderful business man that started something made us all happy by bringing us "APPLE", we look forward to seeing apple continue to succeed in making people happy with the next generation of apple products. We all know that Steve will be looking down on us all that continue's to buy the apple product.

  • My favorite part of the speech is when he talked about the calligraphy class he dropped in on and... how without that experience there would be no different type faces on the MAC,.. and because Microsoft just copied the mac.. there would be no type faces at all.

  • It's hard to believe that this great guy no longer graces the earth. My little iPhone and MAC gives me access to a sign language interpreter on the phone. RIP Steve.

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