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Steve Jobs – 2005 Stanford commencement speech
Steve Jobs in one of key figures behind tech giant Apple’s success.
In his 2005 Stanford commencement speech the former apple CEO dives deep into his journey as an
enterpreneur, and he speaks openly about the issues that he’s faced along the way, and how he overcome them.
During this classic motivational speech Jobs talks about how he was actually a college dropout, and that this was one of the most important times of his life.
He mentioned that he dropped out of college to take classes which he was truly interested in, rather than studying topics which he wasn’t deeply passionate about.
One of those classes that he took up after dropping out was calligraphy. He was so compelled by the high standard of handwriting
To many, this might seem like a strange choice, but he connects his experience that he gained from that class to the font choices that he installed in Apple computers.
If Jobs had never taken that calligraphy class, he wouldn’t have cared so much about a seemingly small detail, like fonts, but Apple was the first company to add different typeface to their operating system.
He goes on to say: “You can’t connect dots if you’re looking forward, you can only do it looking backwards. So, you need to keep moving forward and hope that dots align somehow”.
The key message from this famous motivational speech is that we’re always growing out new information. It’s all about what we choose to do with that information which really defines us.
As Jobs said: “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”.