Throwback: Steve Jobs’ 2005 Commencement Speech

Apple founder and CEO urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks

How often do people remember their high school or college commencement speakers? I’ll tell you right now — I don’t and I graduated 5 years ago.

Some of the most influential people in our world today didn’t even graduate college. Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs is one of them.

He told Stanford University grads back in 2005 three stories of his life that molded him as he grew throughout his career.  He said to connect the dots, the difference between love and loss and finally death.

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Jobs told the students not to be trapped by expectations, saying, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

He continued to say, “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.”



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