The World According to Steve Jobs

I have a great deal of respect for Steve Jobs. As one of the founders of Apple Computer, Next Computer and Pixar Studios, I think he’s a pretty amazing guy and his impact on the world via his contributions to the computer industry are huge.

If you’re interested to hear what advice a guy like Steve Jobs might give a young school leaver when it comes to life and success, then you might enjoy watching this video of Steve giving the commencement speech at Stanford University last year. In it he offers his thoughts about what matters most in life and what success really means.

What I thought was interesting is that he was not saying the things that “the system” promotes, namely go to school, get a good education, get a good job and work hard for the rest of your life. Instead he talks about diversity of learning experiences – connecting the dots, as he calls it – and how learning should be for life, in areas that fascinate you, about things which make you passionate. His message is that life is way too short to spend doing things that don’t make you excited every day.

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One Reply to “The World According to Steve Jobs”

  1. Hi Chris.
    Yes, Steve will be sorely missed. I remember back in 1991 when my college’s computer lab had the black and white Macs. I did my project in Hypercard and I loved the Macs over the archaic-looking-and-feeling IBM compatibles then. The only time I ever, and I mean EVER, fell off my chair onto the floor rolling on the ground laughing was when I played in the presence of two college friends, a Mac game. Something about moving my mouse pointer to grab points while being pursued by icons, and then trying to sneak back to the safe zone. And when you sneaked back into the safe portal, you couldn’t touch the left and right side of the door, lest you get zapped with electricity. That monochrome game was the perfect balance between risk-taking and safety. That was my only personal experience with Apple products since I don’t earn enough to own a Apple hardware product. Steve, you told us to be hungry and stay foolish. I’m hungry and was foolish not to be foolish enough with my life. Thanks for infusing your creative and innovative spirit into the rest of mankind. God bless.
    Frankie Kam
    http://moodurian.blogspot.com

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