Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Yesterday when my husband came home from work, he told me that Steve Jobs had passed away.  He figured I wouldn’t know because I don’t watch the news.  I don’t follow the Who’s-Who or the What’s-What, but I do follow quotes.  And every single quote I’ve ever read by Steve Jobs I remember liking.  It was actually his name that I ran across more than any other when I first started studying about Trust.  That alone intrigued me at the time.  Not LaoTzu?  Not Buddha?  Nope.  Steve Jobs.  Perhaps it was the material I was reading, but I seem to recall pulling pieces from all over the place, not one place in particular, and his name continued to appear.

It was during that time that I read his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address.  This morning in my inbox, a girlfriend sent me the same commencement address on YouTube, stating that, “Trust Life rings from his message.”  I believe she’s right.  And looking back, I remember really digging his whole philosophy on “Connecting Dots”.  In fact, I wrapped up my “Serendipity and the Law of Threes” article with a seed Steve Jobs had planted in my mind years ago and I have since allowed to grow.

Steve Jobs on connecting dots:

“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.

Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.

And that will make all the difference.”

~ Steve Jobs

I realize many of us lead these crazy, busy lives and 15 minutes may seem way too long to watch a YouTube video, but I promise you, it’s well worth it.  Even if you’ve read his speech in the past, there’s nothing like watching Steve Jobs tell these three unique and powerful stories.  I highly encourage you to watch it, even if you have to give yourself some sort of reminder and do it later.  You will not regret it.

Thank you, Christy, for sending me this video and in doing so, reminding me to pause for a moment and reflect, to truly acknowledge the role of such an inspirational icon and fellow human being.