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Sep
12

The Stanford University Commencement address by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs make a speech for alumni of Stanford University on 2005/6/12. The speech is created a sensation as soon as it was uploaded to a network. I did not know at that time.

The first time I heard about this speech was in the book of “The five theory in the web period(by Mochio Umeda)”.  At the end of the book, he referenced two sentences from the speech. He said that you should read this sentence many times and it is good that the sentence pick up. And he also recommended  that you should read the whole text of this speech and to watch the video as well.

In the book, he introduce the sentence by a celebrity in Silicon Valley. I make me want to work in Silicon Valley more. I was not only excited about this speech, because the speech was introduced in other many sentence.

But I saw the speech in other chance. It seemed like fate, because it is in the other chance. I saw the tweet in Twitter  about the speech of a naked dance on TED(Technology Entertainment Design Conference). When I saw the video on YouTube, I found the video about Steve Jobs speech in the recommended list.

The movie was divided into two parts. I reflected on my status after watching the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQDBaTIjY3s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShoOOS2GrWU

Jobs talked about three stories in his speech.

The first story is about connecting the dots. It started from when he was adopted out. Then he dropped out of college. He was released a lessen that was not interesting. He got the lessen of calligraphy(A decoration letter). He said that “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces.” When he look back on the past thing, they were connecting. He said that you can not connect the dots to looking forward. So we believe that connecting the dots future.

The second story is about love and loss. He made Apple Inc. That grew big. But he was kicked out of the company. He was broken hearted. But he still loved his work. So he started the work again. He made Next Inc. and Pixer Inc. After that, Apple Inc. bought out Next Inc. suddenly. He returned to Apple Inc. He said that he met his wife. There was hitting with a brick. But he said that  it was necessary for himself . Then he said that “The only way to satisfy oneself is to do work that you believe is great. ” and he said that “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” In the end, he said that “If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”

The third story is about death. First, he was graven by a poem that said “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” Next, it is the story that he was diagnosed for cancer. He said “it clears out the old to make way for the new.” for the experience that is nearest death. And he said next the sentence,

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

At the end, he talked about a book called “Whole Earth Catalogue”. This was the bible of his generation. He compare it to google for a library. There was the picture of a country road in the early morning in the back cover of the last volume. And these were the words on the bottom of the picture.

“Stay hungry, Stay foolish”

He repeated the sentence three times and concluded the speech.

“Do I love my job?” “Do I live for other people?” I am distressed because of the question, because I can’t say “YES” with confidence. So I want to listen earnestly to my inner voice.

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