Steve Jobs, deep personal and way meta, from the Stanford commencement
It's been heavily blogged, but the wisdom of Jobs's address is profound. And while a lot of folks have picked up on the death thing, I was struck more by the serendipity example. Jobs quit college, but kept dropping in to calligraphy classes at Reed, driven by pure aesthetic interest, only to have typography become, years later, the linchpin of the Mac's success. Jobs:
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
Read the whole address at Stanford University.
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