Monday, June 13, 2005

Jobs is a Splash in the Face with Cold Water

Steve Jobs gave one of the numerous Stanford graduation addresses. I liked this quote by him and a follow up by a student interviewed post ceremony:
"...Death is very likely the single best invention of life," he said. "It's life's change agent, it clears out the old to make way for the new.

"Right now, the new is you. But someday, not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away," he warned the 5,000 graduating students. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life..."

..."At Stanford, we are used to humor," said Dhandhia, 21. "So to listen to a dry speech like that wasn't so fun. But the messages were good."
By the way, Jobs (and his counterpart at Micro$oft, Gates) is a drop out. There is an argument to be made that one would be better off using the funds that are required to attend college for something other than tuition, books and fees - say, by starting your own business and learning on the fly.

1 comment:

SheaNC said...

...and a lot of luck, by happening to be in the right place at the right time, with the right idea, or in Gates' case, having the right parents, who nurtured an intellectual environment at home and placed him in a great school with a computer, and access to it, etc... yes, I am bad about the run-on sentences! But, I'll bet for every Jobs and Gates, there are 100,000 failures. Call me Mr. Optimist!