Jobs' luck

In his commencement speech at Stanford, Steve Jobs talks about the good things that flowed from dropping out of college, getting fired from his own company and being diagnosed with cancer. It’s an excellent speech. And, as far as I can tell, original.

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  1. If he’d been hit by a truck he’d probably be the president now.

  2. I thought the speech was awful.

    He presents his being fired from Apple as an example of suffering that made him stronger.
    He should have told the audience that when he was fired from Apple, he had nothing left but the shirt on his back and about 100 million dollars.

    Jobs may be a brilliant guy who deserves his money, but he should be barred from making commencement addresses.

  3. I agree with Joanne. It’s an excellent speech.

    It’s even better than the phoney Vonnegut one.

    I’ve sent it now to five of my friends and I think I’ll print it out and put it in my wallet.

    But I never did like the Whole Earth Catalogue.

  4. BadaBing says:

    The speech was great. It’s a keeper.

  5. Richard Nieporent says:

    I also thought the speech was excellent. It was interesting and informative. You got to learn something new about Steve Jobs and how he reacted to major setbacks in his life. The purpose of a graduation speech is to inspire the graduates as they are setting out on the next phase of their life. Its purpose is certainly not to make a political statement to the graduates. They have already had four years of that from their professors!

  6. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Where did the Woz speak?

    I thank Jobs for one thing – he proved that sody pop peddlers really can’t run a tech company better than engineeer types.

  7. ‘You’ve got to find what you love.’

    Steve “Get A Job” Jobs couldn’t have said it better. Despite all this instant enlightenment and self-esteem, young people now are just as much in the dark about what they love, as their elders.