Sunday, 27 November 2016

Assignment #6 - Steve Jobs' Talk

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

1. Commencement (noun): a ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on university or high-school students.
2. Devastating (adj): causing severe shock, distress, or grief.
3. Renaissance (noun): a revival or renewed interest in something.
4. Intuition (noun): the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning
5. Hitch-hike (verb): travel by getting free lifts in passing vehicles.

Steve Jobs' commencement speech for the 2005's Stanford graduates is a highly admirable speech for a lot of people in the world. According to Forbes Magazine, Jobs' commencement speech still remains inspirational even though it occurred eleven ten years ago because the speech touches the soul. It is indeed a deep, powerful, and motivational speech with lots of important life lessons beneath.
There are three things that I learned from his speech.
1. Follow your heart.
- I believe all of us are constantly under situations where there is a mental battle between our brain, and our heart. Sometimes, the only thing that we have to do is to follow our heart, and trust that it knows where it is going.
2. Do what you love. Do not give up. The worst thing that happened might not be the "worst thing"
- Steve Jobs was fired from Apple (his own company) at the age of 30. He said, "what has been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating. But something slowly began to dawn on me - I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit."
Jobs didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple took a huge change in his life because 5 years later, he built a company named NeXT and Pixar, and that is when he met Laurene, a woman who would become his wife. Apple then bought NeXT, and Jobs return to Apple.
There are so many unpredictable things in life, and sometimes, the worst thing that could happen might turn out to be the best thing that could happen.
3. Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
- Jobs wished that for the Stanford graduating students, he added, just as he'd always wished it for himself. I learned that in life, we should never be satisfied (in a good way), keep on pushing ourselves, and always be eager to learn.

1 comment:

  1. => The worst thing that happened might not be the "worst thing"
    True, very often, it could be a blessing in disguise.