Steve Jobs’ Commencement address at Stanford on 12th June 2005 is one of the all-time most shared, most-watched inspirational speeches of all time. Its impact doesn’t seem to dim even now, over a decade later. It’s truly a timeless reminder for creators, artists, and dreamers everywhere.
The full commencement address is definitely worth a quick read. Here are a couple of excerpts that initially caught my attention:
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything, all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 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.”
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”