Many of you will already know about the eloquent and deeply moving commencement address that Steve Jobs gave at Stanford University in 2005.
For those of you who may not have encountered this great speech before, we wanted to draw it to your attention.
Steve Jobs, we need scarcely say, is the college drop-out who, together with his friend Steve Wozniak, invented the personal computer in his garage back in the early 1970s, when we was still in his late teens. The company they founded, of course, was Apple computers.
Not only is Jobs the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Inc., he also founded Pixar Animation Studios in the mid-1980s. Thus, Mr. Jobs was present at the creation, not just of personal computers, but of the computer revolution in moviemaking, as well.
In 2004, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In 2009, he underwent a liver transplant. Last month, on August 24, 2011, he announced his retirement as CEO of Apple due to ongoing health problems.
Steve Jobs is a man who has lived his dream in a way that few of us ever will. He has also faced his mortality more directly and over a longer period of time than most of us will have to do.
Out of these experiences, he crafted a speech that is remarkable both for its wisdom and for its elegance.
In a nutshell, Jobs’s message is this: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
Here is the video of Jobs delivering his greatest speech:
To read the speech, go here.