Jobs’ Stanford Speech: 2005


As a requisite of his adoption, Steve Jobs' parents had to promise that he would go to college. He did. For six months. And then he quit, trusting that he knew what he was doing was right, and that he'd survive by "following curiosity and intuition."

This 15-minute address shows Jobs weaving through his personal history, and how it leads to the first Macintosh, Apple and one of the most valuable, innovative companies in the world. 

Of course, speculation around Jobs' resignation center on his apparent health concerns. That notwithstanding, there are some profound statements in his address that seem to indicate that his daily life decisions are directly influenced by his ability to go full-bore at whatever task has his focus:

"If today if were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?"

"Remember that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in my life."

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