Steve Jobs Legacy, Stanford Commencement

Posted on October 6, 2011

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Steve Jobs has left an incomparable legacy on popular culture through his lifetime work at Apple. And for this, I say, “Thanks.”

Steve Jobs, Apple. Photo: thedroidguy.com

Steve Jobs, Apple. Photo: thedroidguy.com

The chic-geek computers and gadgets that he and Apple created have influenced and improved both my work and lifestyle, and the company itself has a soft spot in my marketing heart thanks to the creative efforts put forth by Jobs and team. For perspective sake, the MacBook Pro which published this post was custom-tailored by my most-amazing extended family members –best cousins ever– that work and play at 1 Infinite Loop.

So, out of pure respect and admiration of these “life tools” Jobs helped create, I wanted to showcase what some call his most inspiring public addresses –the commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. Jobs rarely spoke in public about himself, and this motivating and inspirational story touches on life, love and death.

At one point, Jobs tells the students “you have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” The dots you encounter in life, he said, will eventually connect. “Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leaves you off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference.”

Stout advice for anyone, really.

Stanford has posted the text of Jobs’ speech –as prepared for delivery, so there are some differences from what he actually said. Here: “You’ve got to find what you love.”

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