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Editor’s note: On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech at Stanford University that summed up his life lessons. In memoriam, Business 360 publishes the full text of that speech.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

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.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

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.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet 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. It is 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. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

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.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.



soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. diego

    capitalism will fail anytime soon, for these products burst materialism crave. prompting people to be far away from God.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  2. BEN

    Farewell Sir JOBS, a knight in Technology Kingdom. May our tears fall for you and your devoting, inspiring life. May all the love and hate be pushed aside, give way for you to walk peacefully to heaven.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:05 am |
  3. Idied

    I really like it ! :'( RIP

    October 6, 2011 at 4:08 am |
  4. DD

    R.I.P. Steve ;-(

    October 6, 2011 at 4:09 am |
  5. Madhavendra Puri Das

    God created everything, including human's creative brilliance. If that is utilized in furthering human progress to spiritual enlightenment. Then, there is perfect harmony. Thank you, Steve Jobs, Great Job.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:44 am |
  6. Taj

    Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.....Life starts today. Thank you Sir. My heartfelt condolence to the Jobs family.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:55 am |
  7. DeeCapp

    Thank you Steve Jobs for your legacy. I feel blessed to have lived in your time.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:02 am |
  8. Jaap Roskam

    Thanks – For – Great – Jobs – Done – !

    October 6, 2011 at 5:17 am |
  9. IndoJimbo

    Only knew the man through his products and marketing , but this commencement address shows his true character and value. Sent it to my daughter, newly off to art school and deeply involved with her passion, and to my 13 year-old-son who is yet to find his. Will save it to re-read and distribute to others.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:04 am |
  10. jhemy

    R.I.P Steve Jobs ;-(
    You left this world but your legacy remains... Inspired with your passion and remarkable achievements. Farewell...

    October 6, 2011 at 6:12 am |
  11. Lexie,Greece

    R.I.P. Steve.He was the 21st century's Da Vinci.Imagine what he would have come up with in the next 30 years...

    October 6, 2011 at 6:31 am |
  12. Nestor Di Salvo

    Thank you Steve for all the inspiration, the innovation, the spirit, the typography from the calligraphy you loved. Thank you for the rock and rolling experience of this wonderful technology time that you signed. Great! Move and shake up there!

    October 6, 2011 at 6:42 am |
  13. B.A Bahrain

    I going to print out this page, save it, keep it safe, and when my first son is born (which will be 2 months from now) Ill wait till he is 12 and ill read it with him, by that time ill be 40 and Im sure ill have the same warm and inspiring feeling that I just had few mins ago after reading Jobs article .. RIP

    October 6, 2011 at 6:49 am |
  14. Marco

    Rest In Peace, Steve. You were a great Man

    October 6, 2011 at 6:57 am |
  15. Jouj

    RIP :(

    October 6, 2011 at 7:03 am |
  16. Jouj

    We will all remember! RIP

    October 6, 2011 at 7:04 am |
  17. Salman

    I am not a huge apple fan nor of it way of handling business but I cannot deny the footprint left behind this man in the digital world

    October 6, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  18. HAYDER MALIK

    RIP steve jobd ex ceo apple died at age of 56 had done a gr8 work for apple !

    October 6, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  19. Can Tantürk

    Huzur icinde yatsin.

    October 6, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  20. Natte

    RIP Steve Jobs...You left the great technology for us....

    October 6, 2011 at 7:38 am |
  21. Thol

    RIP Steve , this one is inspring, a good way to approach the unknown and uncertain future.

    October 6, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  22. russi

    Thank u Steve Jobs..u were n still remain a great man.R.I.P

    October 6, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  23. Sam. Tien

    Steve Jobs in our hearts.
    Forever, Forever...........

    October 6, 2011 at 8:01 am |
  24. Kumar

    I dont believe I would cry for a man I never meet. Steve I never realized u were so important for me untill today.

    October 6, 2011 at 8:03 am |
  25. Pat

    He left a big computer and technological empire........but the greatest he left is free for all to take for example: have Faith, follow your Dreams, be always Humble and never affraid to stand up after you fall.......... always follow your Heat! Thank you Steve for your life lessons

    October 6, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  26. Taiwan Brian

    Steve Jobs in our hearts.
    Forever, Forever...........

    October 6, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  27. Jak

    I love apple and i think it is the best product i have ever seen, i wish apple continue to grow better

    October 6, 2011 at 8:05 am |
  28. Ron

    I graduated from Stanford in 2005 and had the privilege of hearing Steve speak live at the event. His one and only commencement speech. While I cannot say that I am a big user of Apple products (I have an iPhone, but also use PCs), I have the utmost respect for him and what he accomplished at Apple and Pixar. He made products that set the standards that drove everyone else to do things better.

    Honestly, lots of people had the vision of integrating technology and media consumption and distribution, but Jobs was the one that understood both the entertainment and technology industries well enough to really make it happen in a way that was widely acceptable by the average person.

    RIP Steve...

    October 6, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  29. Luisa Makepeace

    Very inspiring story it made me tears...RIP Steve.

    October 6, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  30. Alain

    Job is The Greatest Tech GURU. He made beautiful an easy access. We will miss him very much.

    October 6, 2011 at 8:33 am |
  31. Andrew

    Rest in peace steve!

    October 6, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  32. Shola Ayeni

    I have been touched by both your professional and personal life!
    I hope you find life over there as pleasant as you've made it for those you've left behind.
    Good bye Steve!

    October 6, 2011 at 8:49 am |
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    Editor’s note: On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs gave a commencement speech at Stanford University that summed up his life lessons. In memoriam, Business 360 publishes the full text of that speech.

    I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

    The first story is about connecting the dots.

    I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

    It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

    And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

    It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

    Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

    None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

    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.

    My second story is about love and loss.

    I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

    I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

    I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

    During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

    I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

    My third story is about death.

    When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

    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.

    About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

    I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

    This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

    No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet 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. It is 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. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

    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.

    When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

    Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

    Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

    Thank you all very much.

    October 6, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  34. alexia

    Rest in piece. "Eonia tou i mnimi". Heartbreaking speech....

    October 6, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  35. Roclent

    This is one of the beststory I've ever heard. RIP Steve.

    October 6, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  36. Russell Caras (PHILS)

    Philippines is one of the most large population by using mobile especially Apple IPHONE. This Phone Connecting the dots of every people hearts around the world. But all of these are not possible without Sir Steve and his company.

    I'm very thankful that one of the memories that Steve's left me is the inspiration and hope!

    Thank you and may you rest in peace with GOD and We really thankful that you touch our life through your great and wonderful contribution in Electronic Technology.

    Rest in Peace! from the Philippines

    October 6, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  37. 沈阳 小苏

    感谢 斯蒂夫 乔布斯!! Rest In Peace,

    October 6, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  38. Steve Fan

    We love you Steve Jobs but God love you most.we came from the Almighty Allah and we shall one day return to him... I felt like crying but ur innovations,ur sense of humor and ur words that u left for our generation persuaded me not to cry.....May God give ur family the strenght to bear your loss... RIP Steve Jobs...

    October 6, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  39. Gbenga fakoya

    Beautiful! The gem is gone, he was there with the time and he left not with it. RIP JOBS

    October 6, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  40. Wisdom Dlamini

    Inspiring message from a visionary leader....RIP Steve...

    October 6, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  41. Peahouk

    RIP Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  42. ago adaugo

    Am motivated. Rip steve job

    October 6, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  43. Natasha Muchuku

    A human being of great innovations.RIP Steve Jobs, for I know the gate of heavens are opened for you.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  44. Edwin

    Ive learnt that jobs never copied anyone,he followed his heart and thats what everyone should learn from jobs life.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  45. Omoaye Ayodele

    Thank you Steve, even at death your work has left a mark on the sands of time. you made it clear that if you do what you love and love what you do, even if you are rejected staying hungry, staying foolish and focused will make you leave a lasting legacy that the world will be thankful for. RIP steve you are a gift to this generation.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  46. Rex O Slate

    Live everyday to the fullest ... it may be your last ... Steve fell short of attaining that goal, but he came far closer to this hurdle of life than the vast majority of mankind ... May his greatest legacy be that of inspiring others to realize this goal and to accomplish the as yet unimagined ... Thank you Mr. Jobs for your positive accomplishments for humankind: The bell tolls and it tolls for thee ...

    October 6, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  47. Riccardo Ferrari

    Fair winds Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  48. Mayowa

    Steve, we will forever miss you as your fingerprint remains indelible here $ for generations to come. R.I.P

    October 6, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  49. Odu chidi

    Its sad that Steve was taken away by CA pancreas. His legacy lives on. A great man and will be fondly remembered.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  50. nnaemego obianuju

    iam so inspired by his speech,especially on death. he was a rare man indeed,rip.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:34 am |
  51. charles Nuel

    Best motivational speech I have ever read. R.I.P JOB. My condolence to the family.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  52. GW

    I think we can all agree that despite any differences in opinion about Apple products, the world has lost a great and inspiring man today...

    October 6, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  53. steve choongo

    Rip Steve Jobs, what a life," stay hungrey . stay foolish".

    October 6, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  54. mary

    life lessons learnt....#RIPSTEVE

    October 6, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  55. V.Nguyen

    Rest in Peace, Steve. We will miss you.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  56. hussam

    condolence to his family .he was a great inventor . may God rest his soul........

    October 6, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  57. navneet

    good job.
    rip.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  58. RANJAN CHAKRABARTTY

    EVERY CENTURY ONE GENIUS IS BORN AND CHANGES THE WORLD WITH HIS/HER INVENTION ...THIS TIME IT WAS MR. STEVE JOBS...AND WHAT AN EARLY AGE TO GO ..NEVERTHELESS HE HAS LEFT HIS MARK IN THIS PLANET.....R..I...P..

    October 6, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  59. Sleekfm

    'Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith'. Am encouraged. RIP Mr. Steve Job

    October 6, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  60. Chim Chumnith

    Really great innovation creation ideas, always remember 3stories and beneath words "Stay Hungry. Stay foolish" ....RIP Steve.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  61. ridwan mosunmola

    RIP Steve Job

    October 6, 2011 at 9:52 am |
  62. Onomen

    You lived a fulfilled life. May your legacy be renewed. Rest

    October 6, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  63. Heikwan

    I have never felt so sad for the death of someone who I have never met, never talked to, and never related to. He taught me that one's one's true value is measured by how much he contributes to the world, instead of how much he owns the world. He is my idol and he is my hero. Now he is dead.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:54 am |
  64. JEB

    Wish I had met U̶̲̥̅̊. U̶̲̥̅̊ inspire ♍ε to greatness..RIP..†ђξ Jobs family must be very proud to have had U̶̲̥̅̊ in their lives..Thanks and farewell..

    October 6, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  65. Amaka Mary

    I hop we wil have another mentor like u, i've not entered school but i will always live by ur QUOTE nd advice.RIP STEVE.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:16 am |
  66. Billie M Hartley

    I have always called Inspiration. R.I.P Steve.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:17 am |
  67. Shahid Mahmood

    That is truely final destination :( May Allah give patience to your family and friends and pray for Jobs soul rest in peace, Inshallah!

    October 6, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  68. Pol Villanueva

    RIP Steve Jobs.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  69. Hashim

    R.I.P Steve

    October 6, 2011 at 10:41 am |
  70. Richmond Cobbina

    Another Mighty Oak Tree hath Fallen. God be with you till we meet again Steve. R.I.P.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  71. donny susanto

    RIP om steve, u have kind heart and inspired many people.thx for the lesson.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  72. Rupert Perez

    Gone to soon.. RIP Steve Jobs.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  73. Joy Obaldo

    Mr. Steve Jobs had left a big vacuum in the techology world. His footsteps are an inspiration to follow, but hard to duplicate. Thank you for making the world a better place. Great JOB, mission accomplished! You will be truly miss. Rest in peace!

    October 6, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  74. felix Ogwezi

    A great man has just passed on. I have learnt more from Steve JOb in his death than when he was alive. In summary, there is excuse to be a failure. RIP

    October 6, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  75. Lekan

    ЯiIpPsteve

    October 6, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  76. felix Ogwezi

    A great man has just passed on. I have learnt more from Steve Job in his death than when he was alive. In summary, there is no excuse to be a failure. RIP

    October 6, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  77. Tony Olutomiwa

    A true genius is gone! Yet Steve Jobs is alive! ICONIC! Bye for now Steve!

    October 6, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  78. hezz mwakitele

    he loved and lived his dream r.i.p.steve jobs . heaven gets an ibrain

    October 6, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  79. Akinfemi Bangboye

    Your life ȋ̝̊̅§ an epistle worth to be read.You rose from unknown and unwanted being to become a desired person not alone by adopted family, but by the whole world! Your life story is a glorious one Iђã†̥ brings reason Α̲̅πϑ hope τ̅☺ the wise who still believe Iђã†̥ the cause of their misfortunes was because no one could help,but make success out of any situations they may be. I Ǻ♍ prou τ̅☺ say God ȋ̝̊̅§ proud of you as HIS creature. You changed the world not Ƒσя evil,but Ƒσя success Α̲̅πϑ better living of mankind!

    October 6, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  80. Patrick Saiwald (Austria)

    Wir haben einen wirklich guten Menschen verloren! Danke das du für uns da warst! R.I.P We miss u!
    Love from Patrick (Austria, Carinthia-Kärnten)

    October 6, 2011 at 11:37 am |
  81. Simon

    Its a shame that we worship worldly things.. God made man to honour his name, I hope steve jobs did that for the Lord. May he rest in peace...

    October 6, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  82. ZenGenie

    G1 2 SOON

    October 6, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  83. Neels

    Steve and his video motivated me a lot. Steve may R.I.P.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  84. Arnab

    Three apples have changed the world. One seduced Eve, second awakened Newton, the third one was in the hands of Steve Jobs.
    You'll be always with us.
    +Arnab
    Bangalore.

    October 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  85. Wuttichai

    Goodbye to my big teacher. Stay Heaven ,Stay Fame

    October 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  86. STEPHEN AKEREJOLA

    I am inspired.This words touch my life.GREAT MAN,BYE SO SOON. UR WORKS LIVES ON.

    October 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  87. enock Pufaa

    RIP

    October 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  88. KIM

    RIP

    October 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  89. Victor Ify Onokwai

    I've never felt so inspired and encouraged by any article. Steve was, is and would always remain a great inspiration to my generation and many generation yet to come. I loved your simple and humble way of life. May ur gentle soul rest in peace. Adieu

    October 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  90. Andrea P

    So long....goodbye : (

    October 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  91. Solomon Olusanya

    R I P. The great mentol

    October 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  92. Selene

    I am really sad with his demise! Same time I am proud of keying this message from my Apple Macbook.
    I salute his integrity and passion towards combining art and technology.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  93. Rhoda

    Why am I crying for a man I don't know personally?

    May your soul rest in peace.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  94. Yusuf Kizilirmak

    There are people who make a difference in our lives , because of their character , their example and their practical expression of the love for human being , Steve ,sleep in peace , you made difference . Thank you the way you served us .

    October 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  95. Soh Hendri

    Steve, no words to describe what you have contributed to modern human life and civilisation!
    Please greet us from UP THERE!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  96. Alan

    Thank you Steve for making this world a better place to live in. Godspeed!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  97. Anna Boffa

    Alcune cose saranno sempre più forti del tempo e della distanza,
    più profonde del linguaggio e delle abitudini:
    seguire i propri sogni e imparare a essere se stessi,
    condividendo con gli altri la magia di quella scoperta.
    Thank Steve R.I.P.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  98. BLISS

    Steve, Rest in Perfect Peace!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  99. Fraz Alam

    Apple is an orphan from today. May his soul rest in peace.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  100. Bims88

    Truthly a pacesetter!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  101. Mbus Mbock Paul

    Steve's death is liken to a human rocket has crashing on planet earth. Who will be the next to be programmed? Only God knows. Adieu great mind.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  102. Shahan

    We will miss you. No one can replace you. Rest in peace.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Mbus Mbock Paul

    Steve's death is liken to a human rocket crashing on planet earth. Who will be the next to be programmed? Only God knows. Adieu great mind. Adieu sincere heart. Adieu Stevo.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  104. shabaz

    ............and a Giant has passed.......

    October 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  105. Dimche

    Condolence for his family,close friends and colleagues.Your contribution to this society is amazing just because you were amazing person.R.I.P Steve!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  106. Wellgun

    While most people are trying to satisfy customer demands, Steve Jobs creates it!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  107. Hoesje

    if i was looking at the apple logo i was always thinking who took the bite from the apple or what das it mean that piece that is gone.and where is it.Now i know where it is.That piece of the apple is gone to heaven.
    Thanks for everything from Holland.

    R.I.P. Mr.Steve Jobs

    October 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  108. Cardinal

    RIP Steve Jobs! U werea blessing to teh World and and you shall remain an inspiration to many anf for senturies ...

    October 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  109. Olumide

    This one of the finest pieces i have ever read.
    it will stay wit us for a long time and probably re-shape future.

    Great man, great mind. i"respect"......

    October 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  110. dinivian

    Rest In Peace Jobs,
    Legend of inspiration.
    Ur spirit will always remain with us!

    October 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  111. Sumeet

    RIP SJ. Hats off to you.

    October 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  112. Daniel Ogunnupe

    "live each day as if it is your last"; "even those who are going to heaven don't want to die". Your words will do more than your works." Don't settle"... MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  113. Humphrey Simba

    He was a man of his character. Such an individual. It was such a fight for him and he fought it well. To me he leaves a legacy that I will always look on.
    R.I.P Steve.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  114. Maleek

    "Being the Richest man in the cemetery does not matter to me....going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful...that is what matters to me" -Steve Jobs-..Rest in peace soldier...

    October 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  115. Babak from Los Angeles

    RIP brother...... You lived life by your rules and we can all learn from that..

    October 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  116. Jenny G

    Always admired Mr. Jobs and his brillance. As the saying goes "there is a reason for everything". His passing is very sad but at the same time it is an eye opener for all of us who think we need the lastest and greatest tech tool. He went before his time but the world needs to slow down and actually appreciate the brillance he shared with us. If he were with us for the next 20 years who knows what would have come to life with his genius. Slow down, enjoy life and enjoy his legacy.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  117. Cymthia

    Steve died because God needed help with his Ipad2. I will miss you ...

    October 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  118. Okoro Ugochi

    To the whole world, 'look and learn'. Death without dying. A man whose life, even in death still speaks volumes. He had a way of inventing things people initially didn't know they needed, but when available, they'd think "where has this been all our lives?" What are you gonna be remembered for? Brighten the corner where u r, and in the event that as God leads you, you're able to fan the flames into a huge fire, SHINE!!! and don't stop shinning.
    Farewell Steve. Great job!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  119. trevor davey

    rest in peace sir steve you have given the world a most amsin experiance to move on

    October 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  120. Aby

    Steve was such a remarkable inventor and the author behind this inventor is a supernatural being, an awe inspiring Creator of the whole universe.

    October 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  121. Carl van Zijll de Jong

    What do you gain, "when you win the world but lose your life".

    October 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  122. Hedzer

    Iphone 4S = Iphone for Steve

    It cannot be a coincidence that 1 day before Steve left us an Iphone 5 was announced as Iphone 4S(teve).

    What a great tribute ! I hope you smile Steve looking down and had many happy moments in you last months.

    October 7, 2011 at 6:18 am |
  123. Shankar

    Awesome creator!! Great Job Done.. RIP.. Steve.. :-(

    October 7, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  124. Avinash Rao

    Thank you Steve!!! You are truly are a gem and a world changer. You have revolutionized business,technology,customer experience, the list is endless. You will always be remembered and you will go down the annals of history with the likes of Newton and Einstein. Through your work you have achieved immortality, the maximum anyone can achieve. You have been a beacon of hope for all of us. So long Steve, we will surely miss you!!

    October 7, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  125. See Sharp

    I'm an Apple employee and have been one of the few people to work for both Apple and Microsoft during the course of my career. All of the Microsoft "leadership", past and present, don't add up to one Steve Jobs. In the legendary tech battle between these two companies, I'm glad that if Steve had to pass away, he did so with his company the clear winner, because both he and Apple deserve that. In addition, I've always been peeved by the PR that Bill Gates has received in the past decade about being a great humanitarian. I can honestly say that Steve Jobs, despite his flaws, was a better person to the world than Bill G will ever be, and definitely more sincere in his charitable works. Steve just doesn't have Bill's PR machine to help him repair his reputation. RIP, Steve. We already miss you here.

    October 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  126. David Ozturk

    Steve Jobs was the greatest inventor of our times and will be missed greatly. I never thought I would cry for someone I didnt know personally and never knew how much he meant for me until yesterday. RIP Steve Jobs and thanks for the memories !!!!! and everything you left behind

    October 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  127. JHolter

    For those of you who recognize the rarity of greatness, simply take comfort in the fact that you walked the planet with this man.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  128. Gregg

    The fantastic inventions and technology that he created aside, I am now more impressed by the kind of person he was and the human side of him. I will be looking forward to reading the forthcoming book.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  129. Rita Ogechi S.

    I read the commencement speech and at the end of its reading – I gained an invaluable insight into life. Doing what you love and loving what you do. "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice" .

    Certainly, the dots do connent – when you reflect backward – you'd find the reasons for those events, failures etc why they had occured.

    These words of yours have touched me deeply and I know several others that will have the great opportunity to read it will be touched as well. These words are life changing for those who will read beyond the lettering, pounder on it and let it steer them toward doing that which comes from the heart and living their lives knowing that, some day – we will all be cleared away for the next new generation. Thanks and am glad I stumbled on this speech. Thanks CNN for publishing it.

    R.I.P Steve Jobs and may your family have the strenght to go through this challenging period of their lives.

    October 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  130. Busayo

    May your soul rest in peace

    October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  131. sisouk

    I love steve jobs i hope he go to heaven live with god

    October 8, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  132. Ahu Tukel

    Your story gives me hope and strength. You are a true inspiration to all of us. You can rest in peace as your have accomplished why you have been sent to this world. Your legacy will live forever.

    October 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  133. YANKEY

    WOW I never new the man but after reading his speach, i'd say the man had a lot to offer the world and have left too early.

    October 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  134. Myo Thu Lin

    I miss Mr.Steve Jobs
    You will go to Buddish that this place is very peace.
    Mr.Steve Jobs ကိုမိသားစုနွင့္အတူ ထပ္တူထပ္မွ်ခံစားရပါတယ္
    သင္ဟာေလာကေကာင္းၾကိဳးကို ေဆာင္ရြတ္ေသာသူျဖစ္ေသာေၾကာင့္ ေဂါတမရဲ႔ နိဗၺာန္ဘုံသို႔ေရာက္နိုင္ပါတယ္

    October 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  135. Ken

    I appreciate your publishing the transcript. Unfortunately, it's not accurate. There are pieces missing.

    For example, you published:
    "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."

    What Steve said:
    "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. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference."

    While I appreciate the effort, it isn't what Steve said and the change detracts from what he was trying to convey in his address to the graduates.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  136. RickT

    What an inspiring person! Thank you!

    October 13, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  137. Helen Brown

    jobs speech

    October 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  138. Reet

    Thank you Steve for all the inspiration, the innovation, the spirit, the typography from the calligraphy you loved. You are a true inspiration to all of us. thanks alot steve..:)

    November 2, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  139. Vir Pratap

    It's touching......and Inspiring !

    November 16, 2011 at 11:25 am |
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