Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech

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Stanford has posted the text of Steve Jobs' recent commencement speech from Stanford's 2005 graduation speech.

Jobs relates stories about his life, including his work at Apple as well as his public departure:

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 in my life.
Jobs, of course, later returned to Apple when Apple purchased NeXT (also founded by Steve Jobs).


 

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Wow, I didn't realize Job was doing this - would have been a great speech to hear and experience. We didn't have anything like this for our graduation. ;)
 

Mac_Freak

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Ok I will be good this time. It is nice to see Jobs beign so involved with higher eductaion. He sure made getting fired sound as not a bad thing.
 

DMann

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Think Different

Compared to GWs speech about being a 'C' student
and becoming President -- this somewhat outdoes
that Lame Yale address, and proves a drop out can
become a true leader who truly empowers
individuals and changes lives......
 

tech4all

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That part about the pancreas cancer and the doctor telling him he only had 3-6 months to live, then finding out it was actually a curable cancer was really something to read.
 

wwooden

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Just finished reading it. Next year is my senior year at college, man it would be sweet to have him come and talk at my school (I highly doubt it though, I go to the University of Vermont, I don't we quite have the same budget).
 

Chaszmyr

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Very strange to stand up before a graduating class and say one of the best decisions he ever made was dropping out of college lol
 

mgargan1

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I like this quote...

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
 

dongmin

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QFace said:
Steve's partner went to UC, Berkeley...
As a cal student, this is blasphemy!
Steve, this is unforgivable!
don't be such a Weeny ;)

you can always start using windows...
 

wwooden

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After watching the video, it's strange to see Steve reading because at the Keynotes he is so smooth and passionate, this felt very rigid.
 

njmac

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wwooden said:
After watching the video, it's strange to see Steve reading because at the Keynotes he is so smooth and passionate, this felt very rigid.
After seeing the clip, that was my first thought too . I assumed before I saw the speech that Steve had memorized it.

The speech was very inspirational though. He really delivered for Stanford.
 

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Macrumors said:


Stanford has posted the text of Steve Jobs' recent commencement speech from Stanford's 2005 graduation speech.

Jobs relates stories about his life, including his work at Apple as well as his public departure:



Jobs, of course, later returned to Apple when Apple purchased NeXT (also founded by Steve Jobs).
Enjoyed reading his speech.

Steve makes some very good life points.

Connecting the dots... When he came back to Apple, he was hired for $1 per year. That was it. Until the BOD gave him the airplane and then other items. He was following his passion the gravy followed.

Sushi
 

ravenvii

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Wow, damn lucky Stanford students! For 365 days a year I do NOT want to be a Stanford student, but this year it's only 364 days! :D

(Oh don't get nitpicky about leap years, you nitpicker! ;))