Steve Jobs’s Stanford Commencement Speech – Still Popular After All These Years

July 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

TED Talks at TED.com

In June 2005, Steve Jobs gave the Stanford University commencement address.  In December 2009, TED.com uploaded the speech, “How to Live Before You Die,” as part of their TED Talks “Best of the Web” feature.  (If you prefer the written word, you can read it here.)

What I find intersting is that it is one of the most-viewed TED Talks, of which there are currently over 700.  Moreover, it was one of the talks “Most Emailed This Week.”  The address is over five-years-old and has been posted on TED.com for over six months.  So, what gives?

In his speech, Mr. Jobs begins by saying, “Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots.”  He then follows with a story about “love and loss” and another about “death.”  Together these stories weave an inspiring and moving narrative, one which encourages graduating students to trust their hearts, to do what they love and not settle, and not to be trapped into living lives designed by other people’s thinking.

This sounds like good advice whether you’re 22 or 52, whether you’re just starting out or reassessing where it is you’re going, whether you want to think about it all or not.

Serious subjects, delivered with heart.

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