We produce here the full transcript (Edited version) of the famous Steve Jobs' ' Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish' speech given at Stanford on June Steve Jobs Commencement Address at Stanford (Excerpt). Min. I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest. Like most commencement addresses, the June. speech delivered by Steve Jobs offered the college graduates pearls of wisdom as they.
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Text of Steve Jobs' Commencement address () portal7.info news//june15/jobshtml. 1 of 6. 23/6/ PM. This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on. PDF | As part of my daily "exercises" of inspiration, today I decided to reread the Steve Jobs speech at the University of Stanford, which I hope.
Here are some other interesting comments by the Apple co-founder: Jobs on a college education " I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parentsi savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldnit see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK.
Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life We had just released our finest creation - the Macintosh - a year earlier, and I had just turned And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started?
So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out.
What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love.
And so I decided to start over. I didnit 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 Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick.
Donit lose faith. Iim convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. Youive got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.
If you havenit found it yet, keep looking. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months.
My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for "prepare to die". It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family.
It means to say your goodbyes. I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumour. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery.
I had the surgery and I'm fine now. This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful, but purely intellectual, concept: 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 some day 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.
Work out, lose weight, don't smoke, eat carefully. It's a wonderful, liberating break from that infantile, stultifying convention. One wonders if it made his audience shift nervously in their seats. 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. One of my favourite stories about him is about the moment when the Apple design team presented him with the first version of the iPod.
He looked at it for a while, turned it over and over, weighed it in his hand and then said: "It's too big. Jobs walked over to the fish tank in the corner of his office and dropped the prototype into the water. It's too big. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors and Polaroid cameras.
It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions. It was the mids, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous.
Beneath it were the words "Stay hungry. Stay foolish". Stay hungry.
Stay foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
Thank you all very much. Don't settle. Jobs wrapped three lessons in three stories. No big deal. Ten years later he incorporated what he had learned into the design of the Macintosh. You have to trust the dots will somehow connect in your future. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Each of the three vignettes from Jobs life involve struggle or sacrifice. Stories of triumph over struggle resonate with audiences because humans are hard-wired to empathize with one another, and stories are the vehicles through which we share these common bonds.
Steve Jobs saves his call to attention for the end of the speech: "Stay Hungry.