Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address


“If today were the last day of my life, would I want do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been NO for too many days in a row… I know I need to change something!” Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios gives a memorable and inspirational commencement speech to Stanford Graduates in 2005 where is urges graduates to pursue their dreams. It’s the best fourteen minutes of time you can invest to understand the thought process and mindset of a pioneer, a visionary and a marketing genius. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

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    Until now, I didn’t know Steve Jobs founded Pixar. Nice post ZK. Btw, it’s ‘Stanford,’ not ‘Standford!’ :o)

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    Daring question & My answer is also No. Because i know in advance that today is the last day of my life than i want to fully enjoy it. I don’t want to miss even a single second joy in such situation.

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    I thought read it in the NYT this weekend but can’t find it. It had 11 points of advice for students. This is not the Stanford Univeristy commencement address 2005.

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