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Top 5 lessons from Steve Jobs’ commencement speech

In the wake of the loss of Apple’s Steve Jobs many are searching for the words of wisdom he left behind. With over 6.5 million views, the video of Steve Jobs’ Stanford University commencement speech is providing comfort to those in mourning.

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Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford University commencement speech provided a look into the life philosophy of the Apple co-founder. Along with the video of his memorable speech, we take a look at the top five lessons Steve Jobs shared with the graduating class on that day that are now being read by the world.

Steve Jobs on connecting the dots:

“… You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Steve Jobs on loving your work:

“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.”

Steve Jobs on mortality:

“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.”

Steve Jobs on the courage 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.”


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