Steve Jobs speech was empowering to the graduates of Stanford University. He broke his speech down in three parts, which I felt was a great way to get his points across. He started out with his life in the beginning and why college was so important to his biological parents. Though they were giving him away, that wanted to make sure he had the best future he could have. He talked about how he never graduated from college, but how things still fell into place because of risk he had taken. Because he didn’t see how college could benefit him and help him decide what he wanted to do in life, he decided he would drop out. This opened the door for him to stop taking the classes that didn’t interest him and check out the one that seemed more interesting to him. He ended up falling into classes that would later help him create the applications for the Macintosh computer.
His second story talked about love and lost; living a life and building a group of friends and building a brand. Sometimes as a company grows, relationships begin to differ, and become broken. Jobs found himself being kicked out a company that he helped started. Little did he know, being fired from his own company would be the best thing that happened to him. It allowed him to start from the bottom and build up again. This gave him a chance to fill in all the blanks, as he grew wiser and bolder.
His third and final part of his speech talked about living every day as it is your last. This was definitely something to be heard. It is very important to encourage yourself and each other to spend every day like it is your last. If you were to die today, would you be happy with the way you lived your life? If not, then now is the time to do something about it. Don’t let others determine how you will spend the rest of your life. Don’t give up on your dreams because one person had something negative to say. Learn from each situation and live each day, as it was your last. Jobs definitely inspired me to keep pushing forward.