“We are here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else be here,”
asked Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple and CEO of Pixar, who changed the face of technology thanks to his vision and dedication.
Born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, Jobs studied in Reeds College for a bit before dropping out and going on to find Apple in his garage with friend Steve Wozniak. Jobs, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2011, remains alive in the hearts of all through his revolutionary company and his motivational talks that have inspired millions of visionaries.
The iconic address at Stanford
In his iconic commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, Jobs summed up his entire life in 15 minutes. The talk is powerful, emotional and in plain words, one of the best speeches in history.
On the occasion of his 62nd birth anniversary, let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some quotes from this speech.
- “This is the closest I have ever gotten to a college graduation!” (Referring to himself being a college dropout)
- “The minute I dropped out, I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.”
- “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”
“I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life.”
- “I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. I had been rejected, but I was still in love.” (On being kicked out of Apple)
- “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
- “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.”
- “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
- “For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
- “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
- “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.”