Stanford Commencement – Steve Jobs


The right video at the right time. This is Steve Jobs speaking at Stanford commencement in 2005. Saying the speech is inspiring would be an understatement. Excuse me if you’ve already seen it.

Some quotes I loved:

So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something β€” your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

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 β€” 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 β€” 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.


17 Responses to “Stanford Commencement – Steve Jobs”

  1. 1 wavesnsands

    where do you get such videos?? too good!!

  2. he is such an amazing man and i love his quotes. bloody inspirational. especially the one which says”you’ve got to find what you love.” πŸ™‚

  3. 3 SK


    Heard this speech before, yes, very very inpiring. ;–)
    Check out thisone,

  4. 4 SK

    Btw, what is your specialization? I might be able to help…

  5. Yes, inspiring indeed. Thanks for posting this.

  6. @wavesnsands: this one i saw in orkut. thx to the updates feature πŸ™‚

    @utopia: yes they are, we read such quotes, say vow and move on. i hope some r sensitive enough to give a muse.

    @SK:yes it is, n thx for the link. It showed 1.5 hr period, so delayed it for now, but am sure its darn good.

    u think so? my specialization is circuits, simply said VLSI. thanq so much for asking.

    @sigma: my pleasure

  7. 7 SK

    Hey mail me at
    Am not able to find your mail id.

  8. Heard him before. He is amazing, his speech very inspirational.

    Thanks for posting. πŸ™‚

  9. 9 myquest4mba

    Chaala late ga choosav ee video ni….he he heee…. if possible would you ask him to explain why his present i-box couldn’t click…why he was expelled from the company, by the same person, whom he brought on board?…people are afraid of talking about failures, they can speak volumes only when they click…..just kidding dude. There were many like him, in the history… But we get to hear only few, bcoz…. they clicked… Just doing something, which you like to the core…doesn’t matter to the world…all that really matters is your success in that…what you say?

  10. I have seen this one before. The funny thing is that I find it to be awe inspiring for a couple of hours…and then I’m back to being my old lazy self 😐

  11. @Cuckoo: The pleasure is mine.

    @myquest4mba: I’m afraid I disagree with u. He never boasted that all his products are hits, he never told he hasn’t had failures. But in a broader sense he said, u’ve to find what you love, and you have to believe it will work someday and it will. Everyone speak volumes, but people hear to only those people who succeed. All that matters to the world is success ofcourse, but I too believe that you can truly succeed in something only if you love what you do. You do anything half – heartedly and u just add a count to the bunch of mediocre guys.

    @ruhi: I guess most of the people are like tht. But I especially loved the sentence “In the face of death everything clears up, and only what is truly important stays”. When i come across deaths I feel the same way. and from now on whenever someone whom I know dies, I’m sure I’ll remember this sentence.

  12. I have this friend who worships Steve Jobs and hates Bill Gates:).

  13. @Ok: arguments abt Micorsoft Vs. Apple have become like everyday talks in our home. I’m with apple btw.

  14. Beautifully rendered. Thanks!

    ..and good luck πŸ™‚

  15. and o, I love this new look for the blog. It’s clean and not busy, lets your posts stand out. Nice πŸ™‚

  16. @rads: thankyou. I like this new template too, though i wish i could add a custom header. The feature tht i love the most in this template is tht it gives a different background to my replies to ur comments πŸ™‚

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