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Steve Jobs’ mythical speech has turned 18: these are his 3 powerful lessons that continue to resonate today

Steve Jobs’ mythical speech has turned 18: these are his 3 powerful lessons that continue to resonate today

Some of Steve Jobs’ most iconic quotes come from a commencement address delivered on June 12, 2005.

Addressing the graduates of Stanford University (USA), the co-founder and then CEO of Apple told 3 stories that connected the lessons he had learned in his life with advice for new graduates.

Jobs died in 2011 at the age of 56.

Eighteen years later, the 15-minute speech is still resonating, offering helpful advice on life and work for people of all ages.

These are The 3 Big Lessons Steve Jobs Shared:

“Trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”

Jobs’s first story explained why he decided to drop out of college.

After 6 months at school, Jobs said he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, and couldn’t see how college was going to play a role. Instead of spending his parents’ money, he dropped out.

“I decided to leave it and trust that everything would go well,” Jobs recalls in the speech, in which he tells that he began to “drop by” for some classes that interested him.

“Many of the things I stumbled upon by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be invaluable later”, exposed. For example, a calligraphy class taught him typography and design, which would later help him create the Mac personal computer.

“If I hadn’t dropped out, I would never have taken that calligraphy class, and personal computers wouldn’t have the wonderful typography they do,” said the Apple co-founder.

Connecting the dots between a calligraphy class and Mac design was not something Jobs could see at the time he dropped out: “You have to trust that the dots will connect somehow in your future. You have to trust that something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

“Find What You Love”

The second anecdote that Jobs told was when he was fired from Apple.

In 10 years, Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had gone from running a business in a garage to a company of 2,000 million dollars (about 1,860 million euros, at current exchange rates), Jobs recalled in the speech.

However, at age 30, Jobs was forced out of the company. “I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have happened to me”he told the graduates.

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Jobs says in the speech that this led to a creative period in his life, in which he created two companies and fell in love. Later, Apple bought one of the companies and Jobs returned to Apple.

“Sometimes life hits you over the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I am convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You have to find what you love. And that’s just as true for your work as it is for your lovers,” she revealed.

If you still haven’t found what you love, “don’t settle”: “As in all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it,” he said.

“Death is the fate we all share”

Final account of Jobs’ commencement address reveals what he experienced when he learned his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Jobs died of cancer-related complications in 2011.

Jobs explained that since he was a teenager he had used the motivation of living each day as if it might be the last to help him make big decisions.

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.. You are already naked. There’s no reason not to follow your heart,” she advised.

When Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, he was initially told it was incurable and only had months to live. Later that day, a biopsy revealed that the cancer could be treated with surgery. “They operated on me and, fortunately, now I’m fine,” he said then, in 2005.

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But the near-death encounter gave him the certainty, he said, of what he wanted to share with college graduates: “Death is the fate we all share. No one has escaped it. And that’s the way it should be, because death is, most likely, the best invention of life”.

That is, it is important to make sure that you live true to yourself. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition”he added.

After his 3 stories, Jobs left Stanford’s class of 2005 with parting words he learned from the last issue of a ’70s publication: Stay hungry, stay foolish (which could be roughly translated as “Stay hungry. Stay crazy”, or restless or naive).

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