Video Summary: Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address


    Video Summary: Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

  • 1 Jobs said he never graduated from college

    Jobs said that he never graduated from college and joked by saying that this is as close as he ever got to college graduation. Jobs said that he is going to tell three stories in his speech.

  • 2 The first story: Connecting the dots

    Jobs said he dropped out of Reed College and stayed around for 18 months before quitting for good. Jobs said that his biological mother wanted him to be adopted by college graduates. She refused to sign the adoption papers until she was promised by the new parents that he will join college.

  • 3 Jobs explained why he dropped out

    Jobs said that he dropped out because he believed the college tuition fees were too expensive for his parents. He also said he didn't know what to do with his life and he wasn't sure how college can help him. Jobs said that dropping out was the best decision he made. See why Jobs was so famous

  • 4 Jobs explained what he did right after dropping out

    Jobs started attending the class that appealed to him even after dropping out. He said he didn't have a dorm room and had to sleep on the floor in friends' dorms. He said he used to walk 7 miles across town to get one good meal that was offered for free each Sunday. Jobs said this phase was hard.

  • 5 Jobs said that following his curiosity and intuition was the best decision

    Jobs said that Reed offered the best calligraphy classes in the country. Jobs said he saw the posters advertising the class, liked it and joined. Jobs said 10 years later, when they were designing the Mac, he used everything he learned in that class to make the Mac fonts very beautiful.

  • 6 Jobs said you have to trust the dots will connect somehow in the future

    Jobs said that without dropping out, he wouldn't have attended that class, the Mac wouldn't have had the great fonts, neither would Windows. Jobs said you can't connect the dots looking forward but you have to believe in something and trust they will connect somehow.

  • 7 The second story: Love & loss

    Jobs said he was lucky to find what he loved earlier in life. He said he started Apple when he was 20 and soon it was a $2 billion company. Jobs then said that he got fired from his own company after things at the company went wrong and the board decided to let him go. He said it was devastating.

  • 8 Jobs said the failure was public

    Jobs said that everyone knew he was fired. He said he felt so bad that he thought about running away from the valley but he only continued because he loved what he did. Jobs said that this turned out to be a very good thing, as it became one of his most creative periods in his life.

  • 9 Jobs talked about the period when he was starting again

    Jobs said he started Next and Pixar and fell in love with his current wife. Jobs said Pixar, which created Toy story, is now the most successful animation studio in the world. Jobs said that Apple then bought Next and so the technology Next used became the heart of Apple's products.

  • 10 Jobs insisted that doing what you love is very important

    Jobs said that the only way to do great work is to love what you do. He said you have to keep looking for what you love and if you don't find it, don't settle. He said when you find what you truly love, you will know it, so keep looking.

  • 11 The third story: Death

    Jobs said that remembering that he will be dead one day helped him make some of the big choices in his life. He said he used to ask himself each day if tomorrow was his last day, would he take the same decisions. If the answer was no, he said he knew that something needed to be changed.

  • 12 Jobs said that remembering death leaves what's truly important

    Jobs said that ego, fear of embarrassment and fear of failure all disappear when someone thinks about death. Jobs said that remembering that you are gonna die prevents you from thinking that you have anything to lose. Jobs said he was unexpectedly diagnosed with incurable cancer a year ago.

  • 13 Jobs said your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life

    Jobs said his cancer turned out to be curable with surgery and that he got cured. Jobs said that being close to death taught him that nobody wants to die, yet death can't be escaped. Jobs said that death is a powerful motivator that leads to change and that thinking about it can help people succeed.

  • 14 Jobs pointed out how important it is not to follow the crowd

    Jobs said that you shouldn't live by the result of other people's thinking. He said don't let the noise of other people's opinions prevent you from hearing your inner voice. Jobs said you have to have courage to follow your heart and intuition, for they know how to get you where you want to go.

  • 15 Jobs: Stay hungry, stay foolish

    Jobs said there was an amazing publication called 'The Whole Earth Catalog' when he was young. He said in the final issue of the publication it had a photograph on the back cover and beneath it was written 'Stay hungry, stay foolish'. Jobs ended his speech by saying 'Stay hungry, stay foolish'.