"Death is Very Likely the Single Best Invention of Life"
The first is a blog piece discussing the breadth of Jobs' influence on film, from the birth of computer animation and the plethora of screens from which our digital kids use to consume media. Go rent Toy Story this weekend and marvel at Pixar's early masterpiece.
The second is Jobs' famous Stanford commencement speech in 2005. NPR posted the speech in its entirety on it's site. Below the video, you will find a link to a printed version of the speech. In his Stanford address, Jobs compiles the many lessons of his own life into three stories. Each of you will find your own teachable moments in the 15-minute video. (Younger kids won't find the actual speech as compelling as teens). Jobs' ability to regroup after being fired from the company he founded is a prime example of resilience and recovery. As much as parents hate to watch their kids experience failure, learning to bounce back from disappointment is a critical life skill. Jobs' single-minded pursuit of his passion reminds us how important it is to help children find their own passions...whether we understand them or not. And, finally, while Jobs' words that echo most eerily today are not really apt for children (as in the quote above, he is eloquent about how facing death teaches us to live more fully), these sentiments resonate deeply in our parental bones and remind us to pursue our dreams and to embrace what is truly important in life.
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