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Steve Jobs – Creating a Successful Life – 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

December 4th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
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I was surfing the Internet today, holding tightly to the hand of my intuition, looking for a subject for today’s blog.  I like to look in YouTube, as you probably already can see.  We have become a video world.  As Earl Nightingale would say, “The spoken word is what captivates the listener.”  The average person retains twice as much from the spoken word then out of the written work.  I discovered a few items that were interesting, but they just didn’t “speak to me”.  That’s when I stumbled across the speech from Steve Jobs to the 2005 graduates of Stanford University about how to live a successful life.

Steve Jobs is the poster boy of success.  He didn’t take the traditional road that most people take which is go to college, get a degree, and work for a company or companies for the rest of their working lives.  He took the road less traveled.  He dropped out of college and started a company in his parents garage.  That company became Apple Computers.

In his speech, he relays that we need to break from the norm and follow our curiosity.  As we are doing so, we can’t count on being able to follow the dots forward.  We can only follow the dots from hindsight.  That means we need to have faith that it will work out.

Steve has had adversity in his life.  Even after he was so called “successful”, he had dark days.  He says that, “life will hit you in the back of the head with a brick.”

He talks about doing great work.  He believes that the only way to do that is to find what you love and do it.  If you haven’t found it yet, don’t give up.  He encourages us by saying we will know when we find it and to keep looking until we do.

He talks about his brush with death and the insights he got from it.  I don’t want to ruin this 15 minute talk for you.  It is too good to be missed.  I do suggest that you have a pen and note paper close so you can record his nuggets of wisdom.  They could prove to be very valuable to you in your quest for success.  Enjoy and don’t forget to spread the blog around!  🙂


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