Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech: "How to live before you die"

Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech:

Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech: "How to live before you die"

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by khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on October 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 6 at 5:02 PM

As people publicly mourn the death of Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, many are revisiting Jobs’s commencement address to Stanford University graduates in June 2005.

It’s a simple speech, touching on his adoption, his decision to drop out of College, getting fired then returning to Apple, and being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004.

But maybe the most  impactful part of the commencement was Jobs' thoughts on death, which included this line: "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."

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