Steve Jobs Stanford's Speech

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Tackling subjects such as H2 Maths or H2 Physics would be one of the greatest challenges students face in their two years of junior college education. The numerous formulae to memorize and technical applications are just some of the adversity that they experience. At some point of time, their frustration might drive them to conceive the thought of giving up, or worse, regretting the path that they have chosen. The dreadful idea of having to wake up everyday to a clueless future adds monotony and dullness to their lives.

In this video, Steve Jobs, the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple and Pixar Animation Studios, speaks about 3 inspirational stories in his life, the first being Connecting the Dots. He reveals that after 6 months in college, he saw no value in staying on because he had no idea what he wanted to do in life. He eventually dropped out of college and dropped in on a single course that he took interest in-Calligraphy. At that time he never hoped that this course would grant him any practical application in life. Nevertheless, he stayed on and ten years later he used this skill to design the Apple Mac, which is equipped with wonderful typography.

Similarly, junior college students taking difficult subjects such as maths, whether they like it or not, should learn to believe that the dots will somehow connect in their future. They need to trust that the knowledge and skills acquired will eventually play a significant role in their lives.

Striving to be the best is a quintessential quality most college students have. However, vying to be the top of the class at the expense of friendship can cause one to lose everything, including his or her grades. In a bid to create a different future for his company, Apple, Steve Jobs had a falling out with his colleague and was fired. Despite his initial loss, he pressed on and started a company named NeXT and another named Pixar. “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith,” Jobs quoted. At some point of time in college life, students may face similar losses in their studies and relations with others. This loss can be prevented if they are able to keep the passion of excelling alive and simultaneously maintaining close ties with their peers and teachers. On the other hand, the loss may also be a good thing as it allows students to realize that life is never smooth-sailing and in order to succeed, they ought to be perseverant and cherish what they have.

Failing a test or an examination evokes a horrible feeling for many college students. The favorite word among JC students to complement this feeling is ‘Die’. Indeed it is natural to feel dreadful when one is not doing up to expectations. “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose,” mentioned Jobs, who was on the verge of death when he suffered from pancreatic cancer in mid-2004. As the final and most crucial examination nears, students should seek a change if they are still faring badly in school. By modifying their study methods and seeking tuition class to improve on their concepts, they can truly move on with their live with little regret.

Steve Jobs’s thought-provoking speech will leave a deep impression on anyone watching it. JC students should take a moment to listen to his speech because it will make them realize that in retrospect, college life is indeed worthwhile.