Media Writing 209
“Stay Hungry Stay Foolish”
With these beginning words, the CEO of Apple, creator of Next and Pixar initiates a commencement address to the Stanford graduate students of 2005. In his speech, Jobs really shows the personal characteristics of an extremely successful but quite simple man, a man who has been challenged by crucial events in his life. The difficult choices Jobs made were the building blocks to his speech that he recited to the graduating class. The speech he gave was divided into three parts; rejection, loss, and death. These three negative concepts converge into one beautiful illustration, the most important piece of information that one can take from this entire speech –
“Do what you love and Love what you do.”
He takes his personal life lessons and shares his thoughts and experiences in order to encourage people to use rejection, loss and most of all the idea of death to fuel the fire to find real passion in life.
The first story he told pertained to life and rejection. He used the phrase “ Connecting the dots,” He used this to show that rejection at the time may seem like a dead end to the maze, but with a different outlook it can also lead to a new and unexpected beginning. He explained how his biological mother could not care for him and how he eventually grew up entered college only to drop out. At the time he didn’t know that dropping out would lead him into further possibilities that he encountered by doing what he found true passion in.
"You have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. The dots you encounter in life will eventually connect. Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leaves you off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference." Jobs said as he was summing up his first story.
His second story was about love and loss. He explained how he created Apple and was later...