Sunday, October 12, 2008

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech

Steve Jobs speaks to the Stanford graduates at Commencement ceremony in 2005. Steve Jobs is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc. and founder of Pixar animation.

A feeling of amazement always comes over me whenever I hear of such success stories, and the accomplishments of Steve Jobs is truly that. It is a manifestation of courage, perseverance, strength and intelligence. He talks a lot about the challenges he went through in life, and how he overcame them. Most importantly, he understood that it is always difficult to "connect the dots" in the midst of the situation, but we have to trust that all will work out. This excerpt from his speech stuck out to me the most.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect the dots looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future. You have to trust in something; your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference."

This really emphasizes that we must trust that things will work out. It is always difficult to see the end result in the midst of the journey, but with each step we take we get closer to the ultimate goal. All that is necessary at times is to focus on each step, focus on the very moment and know that they will ultimately lead us to that place we desire in our hearts.

What part of the speech stood out greatly to you?

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