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April 30, 2006

Steve Jobs: Build Your Dreams

A great man with an extraordinary life, the man who invented* the personal computer - ladies and gentlemen, Steve Jobs, CEO at Apple Computers:



The video is from Stanford Graduate Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs on June 12, 2005. Some key quotes:

"If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right."

"Death is the destination we all share, no one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life."

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. 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."

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."

* Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976, and a year later launched the Apple II - the first desktop computer to have a built-in keyboard, built-in sound and that could produce color graphics when hooked to a color television.

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