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Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University Speech Transcription

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Steve Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor. He was co-founder and the CEO of the Apple Inc. Through his inventions, he was widely recognized as the pioneer of the personal computers. His tremendous contributions in the field of consumer electronics and computers transformed various industries such as computers, mobile phones and music. Jobs, as he stated in his speech, dropped out college after his first six months but stayed in college for eighteen more months. Jobs had been invited to Stanford University to give a commencement speech, which he delivered in a simple, humorous yet insightful way. Jobs’ speech comprised of three stories; the first story was ...view middle of the document...

At the time, the decision was a bit scary but on reflecting back, Jobs saw it as the best decision he had ever made in his life. After dropping out, he stopped taking his regular classes that he was not interested in; instead, he started dropping-in on subjects that caught his interest.
‘It was not all romantic,’ he admits. His drop-ins were a bit challenging because he did not have a dorm room neither did he have money for food. Circumstances forced him to sleep on the floor in a friend’s room and to return coke bottles for a little price for him to get some money for his food. Later on though, his drop-ins proved to be priceless. For example, Jobs attributes his calligraphy expertise to them. Out of pure interest, he learned how to do calligraphy; little did he know that ten years later he would have to apply calligraphy practically in his life. He used his ‘accidentally’ acquired knowledge to design the first Macintosh computer, which had a beautiful typography. ‘It was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it is very, very clear looking back ten years later,’ he recollects. It is important to trust in something, to hope that one day, looking back, the dots will make sense.
Like his first story, his second story was equally interesting. In this story, Jobs talk about love and loss. ‘I was lucky,’ he says, ‘I found what I loved to do early in life.’ At the age of twenty, Jobs teamed up with his friend Woz, and started Apple Inc. in his parent’s garage. In ten years, through hard work, the company had grown into a two billion dollar company with over two thousand employees, from just the two of them in a garage. Just when he thought that he had ‘settled,’ a sudden twist of events happened. Apple Inc.’s board fired Jobs from the company he had worked so hard to build. For the few months that followed, he felt crushed. He even considered running away from his home area because he considered himself a failure. Fortunately, he rediscovered his former self; he still loved what he did.
‘Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Do not lose faith.’ He decided to start over. He started...

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