Posts Tagged ‘Steve Jobs’

Steve Jobs’ Final Gift

September 11, 2013

In this four-minute video, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff reveals the gift that Steve Jobs had arranged for all the guests at his memorial service to receive on their way out the door.

Hint: It’s commonly (more…)

Mona Simpson’s Eulogy for Her Brother, Steve Jobs

December 19, 2011

Mona Simpson

Novelist Mona Simpson was twenty-five years old when she learned she had a long-lost brother. He turned out to be Steve Jobs, the brilliant and iconic founder of Apple Computer. They developed a close relationship and made up for lost time. When Jobs died on October 5, 2011, Simpson delivered this eulogy at his October 16 memorial service at the Memorial Church of Stanford University.


I grew up as an only child, with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif. I hoped he would be rich and kind and would come into our lives (and our not yet furnished apartment) and help us. Later, after I’d met my father, I tried to believe he’d changed his number and left no forwarding address because he was (more…)

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Speech at Stanford

December 12, 2009

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, gave this commencement address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005. Reading it through, you will see why it has become the gold standard for commencement speeches.

It is frank, authentic, inspiring, rooted in wisdom and packs an emotional wallop. Jobs talks about how life unfolds in ways that may leave us disoriented and dispirited, but ultimately brings us to where we need to be as long as we continue to listen to our intuition and follow our heart.

Jobs’ words are a powerful reminder to live each day with joy, faith and the knowledge that everything that happens makes sense whether or not we understand it at the time.

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 six months, but (more…)