Monday, April 21, 2014

Dear all Seniors: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

This video is of Steve Job's commencement speech at the 2005 Stanford University graduation. I watched it because in several of the other links I was looking into for this blog post, they all seemed to mention this speech. Upon watching it, I understood. It is sincere, thoughtful, open-minded, and above all passionate. Steve Jobs tells 3 stories about his life, and puts them as simply as possible. They are lessons about losing, winning, and trying. What makes them so great is the overarching and un-zoomed look at his words: he leaves the audience with an overall sense of reality. You CAN live your life in your way. You WILL fail at things, unexpectedly. These are important not as lessons, but as reminders. With my own graduation around the corner, a few of his points seemed to hit home. He (SPOILER ALERT) talks about death.
He doesn't talk about death as a somber reminder that we all have sadness ahead, and some form of loss. But rather that remembering that will free us from current limitations that we place on ourselves. Don'l live your life for anybody else, do what feels right, follow your heart, or in the words of Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

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