Aug 27, 2011

The best graduation speech ever written

In honour of Steve Jobs, who has just stepped down as CEO of Apple, I'd like to post a link to the best graduation speech ever written.

I love it for three reasons. Three simple reasons.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards," he says. Oh, how much I wanted to erase some of my dots when they were drawn then. But even as 'success is failure turned inside out', 'the silver lining to the clouds of doubt', so the ugly dots turned out to have a beautiful purpose. The dots always joined looking back, and the eyes of faith allow me to look forward with hope.

Second, I always believed that since we spent so many hours at work, it would be a waste of life doing something you did not enjoy. "The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." I've been privileged to know exactly what he means by this.

Thirdly, when all thinking has failed me, I always go with my instinct. A friend once said that she believed our gut is God speaking to us. "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition," Jobs says. "They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

Read the speech here.

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