Find What You Love: Steve Jobs 2005 Stanford Commencement

By Sandy Chapman

Some faculty and staff have requested we pass along inspiring commencement addresses as we find them. Here is a good one—Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation.

In his Stanford commencement address, Steve Jobs tells three simple, surprising, and inspirational stories of his life. An adopted child, Jobs was a college dropout who dropped back in unofficially to attend calligraphy classes; a man who was fired from his own company, Apple Computer, only to find something better; and a man whose brush with death was and is a personal daily inspiration.

In his sage advice to the Stanford class of 2005, Jobs passes along a bit of wisdom from the final copy of the bible of the boomer generation, The Whole Earth Catalog, that has guided some of his life decisions—"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

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Jobs, S. (2005, June). Find what you love. Commencement address at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA June 12, 2005, Retrieved June 13, 2007 from