On November 1, 2007, I stumbled one of the most memorable speeches I have ever heard. It was Steve Jobs’ commencement speech at Stanford. He talked about his birth, his college days (after which he dropped out), his philosophy of “connecting the dots” which he said will give you the confidence to do what you want to do; his starting of Apple with Woz, his getting fired from Apple, his confidence and his love for what he does.
He showed why getting fired from Apple was one of the best things that happened to him. This led to the most creative period of his life when he met his wife, started Pixar, and started NeXT. Apple later bought NeXT, bringing him back to Apple. He said “Don’t settle – keep looking.”
He also talked about living each day as though it was his last day. He said follow your heart and intuition.
Today, he died. It is a very sad day indeed. Reminds me of the movie bicentennial man.
The original video I watched is no longer there, but I found the version put up by Stanford University. It has an introduction by President John Hennessy. To skip it go to 7:30 minutes.