Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech: Apple Founder Speaks To Stanford Graduates (VIDEO)
A commencement address that Steve Jobs gave to Stanford University's class of 2005 has gained renewed interest with the announcement on Wednesday of the Apple founder's resignation from the company he co-founded and helped grow into one of the most successful brands in the world.
Jobs, who never finished college, shared with the graduates what he learned from three major life events: dropping out of Reed College after one semester ("It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back, it one of the best decisions I ever made,"); getting fired from Apple in 1985 ("It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life,"); and being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004 ("Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.")
He concludes the speech by sharing with the graduates a phrase that he first saw on the back of the final issue of The Whole Earth Catalogue when he was the age of the graduates: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish."
"And I have always wished that for myself," Jobs says, "And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
The commencement speech has become a classic, and the version uploaded by Stanford University in 2008 has been viewed nearly 5 million times.
Earlier this summer, Raisa Bogatyreva, the Ukrainian defense secretary, was accused of plagiarizing the speech.
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