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Wow. Deep Waters. Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Grad Address

Today I finally made the time to read Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford commencement address…wow.  Pretty incredible.  I can’t believe I hadn’t read it all before.  Sure provides a lot of insight into his life and passion. What’s funny is watching the video: Steve is very serious and there is some occasional awkward laughter as some grads think he just told a joke or said something to lighten things up – nope.  Very serious, down to business just like the many tales of encounters with Steve Jobs foretell.  Great content for all.

This speech is Definitely a must read for everyone. 


Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. 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.

…..(part omitted for brevity)…

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 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.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

The full text is here on Stanford’s site.

Enjoy it, live it, pass it along.  Stay Hungry.  Stay Foolish.


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