John Hennessy was the President of Stanford University when he introduced Steve Jobs as the invited commencement speaker for their 2005 graduates. Hennessy remarked in his introduction, “More than 100 years ago, in describing his vision for a new [Stanford] Universty, Leland Stanford wrote, ‘The imagination needs to be cultivated and developed to assure success in life.’ Stanford clearly understood that technical knowledge was only the starting point for creation and discovery.”
Hennessy went on to share that, “Steve Jobs understands that the computer is very powerful, in a technical sense. But that its true power lies in the ability to unleash the imagination and creativity of the user.”
Hennessy continued, “Steve Jobs once stated in an interview, ‘The Macintosh turned out so well because the people who were working on it were musicians, artists, poets, and historians, who also happened to be excellent computer scientists.”
When Steve Jobs took the podium to address the graduates, he shared three stories from his life. Listen closely. This is a man who, regardless of what you thought of him personally or otherwise, changed your life. In one of his stories, he speaks to the idea of trusting “your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” The full quote from that part of his speech is as follows:
“If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course, it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backward ten years later. Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) changed your life because he changed his by following his instincts, believed in the power of combining creativity and technical knowledge, understood the true value of imagination, and never stopped trying. he took risks, but he never truly failed. Why?
Our American entrepreneur, inventor, businessman, and designer was no different than you or I. before becoming the chairman, and the chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc.; CEO and majority shareholder of Pixar; a member of The Walt Disney Company’s board of directors, and founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT, Jobs had fallen down many times.
The only way he could have ever failed was if he decided at any point along the way, to not get back up. That’s what pioneers of revolutions do. And never forget, that remains an option for you as well, all the way up until you take your last breath.