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Analysis Of Steve Job´S Commencement Speech On June 12th, 2005 At Stanford University

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Executive speechwriter Anthony Trendl once wrote “A commencement speech, simply, is an opportunity to share your experience, values and advice. The precise form is up to you. This affords the speaker a platform to say amazing, unlimited things.” Steve Jobs’ Commencement address to the graduates at Stanford University was delivered on June 12th, 2005. Jobs is well known for being the CEO of Apple Computer, Pixar Animation Studios, and the inspiration of many rising entrepreneurs. In his speech, Jobs makes it clear that his delivery will be outlined by three short, but important stories pertaining to his life experiences. Each story contains one or two main lessons intended to help these Stanford Graduates as they move on into a new world. Jobs’ over all speech structure, sense of wisdom and experience, topped by his widely recognized success, empowers his speech to be strongly convincing. However, with the happily ever after stories, promises in leaps of faith, and ideally controversial context with college graduates, the speech seems to be a bit less relatively persuasive .
Jobs begins by expressing his honor to be the commencement speaker. He admits to never actually graduating college himself and explains to the graduates that he will tell just three stories. He goes on to tell the first of three stories that he says is about connecting the dots. He briefly explains how he was raised at an early age and jumps to his short lived college days. Jobs explains that dropping out of college was one of the best decisions he had ever made. From connecting the dots he moves on to his second story of “Love and Loss.” Here he describes the unbelievable success he had from creating Apple Computers out of a garage with his friend Woz and how he was fired from his own 2 billion dollar company. Jobs says “I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” Jobs tells the students wait until you find the thing you know you love and to never settle down until you do so. His third and final story is about death. He says that when he was young he read a quote that went something like “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right.” He explains how this quote impacted his life dramatically. He says “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” Lastly, Jobs concludes with an explanation of his closing quote, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”
The overall structure of Jobs’ speech is quite sweet and to the point, in total his delivery lasted a little under 15 minutes. This plays well with his intended audience as...

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