Law and Conversation

August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs: Stories for life

Filed under: storytelling — Helen Gunnarsson @ 9:20 am
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The biggest business story this week has been not the gyrating stock market, but Steve Jobs’s resignation from the position of CEO of Apple Corporation. A story behind the paywall at The Wall Street Journal reminded me that Jobs gave a moving speech at Stanford University’s 2005 commencement. An easy Google search took me to a transcript of his remarks, on Stanford’s website. [Update: though when I drafted this post yesterday, the text on the WSJ site was behind its paywall, I see that today it’s accessible without a paid subscription, as is some other Jobs/Apple related content. Don’t miss the video front and center, anchored by Stacy DeLo, reviewing Jobs’s career and the creation of the revolutionary products that he oversaw at Apple.]

I’ve read a lot of wonderful inspirational remarks to young people. Jobs’s speech, in which he tells three stories about scary events in his own life to illustrate his excellent advice, ranks with the best of them. An excerpt:

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Whatever your age, go read Jobs’s speech, and think about the power of his stories.

What stories have made a difference in your life?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Journalism professor Adam Penenberg has posted a definitive summary and compilation of article links on Jobs in “Steve Jobs: A Mega, Meta Appreciation” over at Fast Company. Hat tip: Steve Buttry and a couple of people he retweeted on Twitter.

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