Steve Jobs’ Inspirational Speech at Stanford

Just a few of the a-ha moments in his speech, this one on trusting in the Universe (so to speak):

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.

And another on the imperative to do only that which you truly love:

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.

Finally, on the power of the reality of death:

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.


February 22, 2007. life, Money, Passion, personal, Personal Development, Work.


  1. susanhanshaw replied:

    Thank you for sharing that inspirational speech from Steve Jobs. I had come across parts of it while doing research for my book, Unleashing Your Soul: Finding the Courage to Follow Your Heart and often refer to it when I am doing book events. I’m not sure if it is simply the message itself or that it is delivered by a very highly respected man we don’t normally associate with matters of the heart, yet it always hits people in a meaningful way. Life is too short to waste following a voice that is not your own. Thank you, Mr. Steve Jobs.

  2. marcynala replied:

    You’re welcome. I think everyone should hear this speech. It is *both* the medium (a very successful, wealthy, and passionate man) and the message that makes it so powerful.

    And I also thank Steve Jobs for this speech.

  3. Snowcrash replied:

    Thanks for posting this. Steve Jobs is one of the most incredible visionaries of our time…truly world changing. By the way very nice blog, keep it up 🙂

  4. marcynala replied:

    Thanks, Snowcrash.

  5. celpjefscycle replied:

    Thanks for information.
    many interesting things

  6. faisal mir replied:

    vry vry inspirational…thanx steve

  7. Arun replied:

    great guy.. No words to speak of him

  8. Madhur replied:

    Dis speech is amazing…love…thnku vry much 4 sharing it…

  9. alphajatin replied:

    Thanks Steve for such an inspirational speech !!
    I would set ur speech in my mind …….
    Thanks again ……..

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  11. Milan Thapa replied:

    I didn’t knw that…he was the ceo of ..A.M. He has a grt stry.and i am inspired by hearing his..story..

  12. syed abdul hadi replied:

    I thank u from the bottom of my heart for giving us advice to dnt waste the time hope u r sucess will be a unique example in the world

  13. devang patel replied:

    Well Steve Jobs…no words to describe this great human….and this speech is truely inspirational and thanks for sharing this…. 🙂

  14. Gaurav Kamboj replied:

    love to here…

  15. reema ahuja replied:

    nice sppech

  16. ANJ replied:

    very rarely do we get the chance to be inspired.yet,this is one of those rarest instances where i got inspired by some words from a corporate CEO…
    steve jobs;certainly,a gem of a person…

  17. nikky replied:

    Steve Jobs !! a great man and a great soul..
    very inspirational and realistic thoughts..

  18. Priya Ankit Gedam replied:

    Steve you are amazing..
    Sachin Tendulkar-Cricket
    Steve Jobs-I phone

  19. Pragya replied:

    May be we should try to take each NEGATIVE happening in our life as turning point which may lead to the most creative ideas in our life..this is what Steve told!

  20. Amazon replied:

    I read this piece of writing fully about the comparison of latest and earlier technologies, it’s amazing article.

  21. Dr. Azizzadeh replied:

    I’m planning to create my own blog, and a question comes up to my mind..

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