Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computers, recently gave a commencement speech at Stanford University. It is the story of his life. He describes why dropping out of college led to the design of the computer interface as we know it today. Why getting fired by Apple the first time led to the creation of Pixar Studios (creators of Toy Story).
And how his close encounters with death led him to say, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
“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 other’s 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. ”
His closed with four words from the back cover of the final issue of The Whole Earth Catalog, “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
Great words of wisdom from a great innovator.
To read the entire speech, go to http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html