15 minutes worth taking

6 Oct

Unless you have been living under a rock these past 24 hours, you know that Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and lifetime entrepreneur and innovator, passed away yesterday at his home in Palo Alto after losing a battle with cancer. Amid all the coverage about his extraordinary life, I came across a video of him delivering the commencement speech at Stanford University for the class of 2005, after having been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I did not expect to listen to the whole speech, but after just a few minutes, I was captivated – not by his polished speaking style (he is a geek at heart), but by the content of his message. Check it out – it runs 15 minutes.

Words I love: “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

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4 Responses to “15 minutes worth taking”

  1. Grace October 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Yes, I have the full text of that speech somewhere on my hard drive! And in case you haven’t read enough on him (I keep finding more to read…), I thought this was a great compilation of especially good articles/interviews written about him (the 1985 Playboy interview especially).
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/10/06/steve-jobs-life-best-profiles-and-interviews.html

  2. beck767 October 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm #

    Also, the NY Times had a brief bio of him which I thought was interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/06/business/steve-jobs-of-apple-dies-at-56.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=steve%20jobs&st=cse

    • Sally October 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

      That NYT piece is great. My favorite bit is “Mr. Jobs’s own research and intuition, not focus groups, were his guide. When asked what market research went into the iPad, Mr. Jobs replied: “None. It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want.” ”
      I was also floored to read that iPhone has sold 90 million units. What an amazing reach his products have had. There are few people who can leave a bit of themselves in so many different hands after they die. It’s probably as close as anyone can come to immortality.

  3. Sally October 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    In case you did watch the video of Steve Jobs’ commencement speech, it turns out you were not alone. It was viewed 8 million times in a single day, yesterday (10/6/11), according to this article:
    http://techcrunch.com/2011/10/07/jobs-stanford-address-watched-8-million-times-yesterday/
    It was also broadcast in full length on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. I heard while it in my car picking up Naomi from preschool. (I was impressed they played the whole 15 minutes end to end, instead of extracting just the sound bites.)

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