In his 2005 commencement address to Stanford University Steve Jobs delivered a graduation speech which was simple yet deeply touching and inspiring. It was considered by many to have transcended most of his other speeches.
Touching on the themes of life, growth, and death he tells the graduates three stories that capture three pivotal moments of his life, underscoring the value of intuition and citing an event that he considered to be the best thing to have ever happened to him – being dumped by Apple.
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.” It’s a sentiment that many writers who are now going through a transformative era in publishing, can easily identify with.
In the words of French theologian and philosopher, Albert Schweitzer, “The full measure of a man is not to be found in the man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others because of him.”
Steve Jobs was such a man.