Apple’s Steve Jobs has always been someone I found fascinating. As a PC nerd growing up, I always found a strange admiration for the guy who created a Mac.
Jobs is an interesting character. He’s brilliant, funny, very well spoken and a strong leader. One only has to look at the long list of very successful businesses under his belt to recognize he is not an ordinary person.
But that is the business world. Today, I stumbled upon a video of Jobs speaking at Standford University during the university’s 114th Commencement. While the video is now dated (it was shot June 12, 2005), it showed me a side of Jobs I have never seen, and one that is quite personal and revealing.
During his speech, Jobs talks about the most important and defining moments of his life and how they shaped him into the person he is today. The video is 15 minutes long, and when I started watching I thought to myself There is no way I am going to sit through 15 minutes of a graduation speech. But as I continued to watch, I couldn’t pull myself away.
As Jobs often does with his speeches, he transitions seamlessly between thoughts and points and leaves you wanting more.
Without saying too much more, I feel the urge to share this video here because the words are inspirational, intriguing and offer an important reminder for all of us: Live life to its fullest. Stay hungry, stay foolish.