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The School of Lifelong Learning

  1. Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
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    • Story 1: Connecting the Dots
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    • What class did Steve take has a huge impact on not only the mac but the entire PC world?
      1. A calligraphy class. He learned about what makes great typography great. There was no hope of a practical application in his life until 10 years later when they were developing the mac.
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    • Can you connect the dots looking forward?
      1. You cannot connect the dots looking forward only backward.
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    • Why do you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future?
      1. Because believing that the dots will somehow connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads of the well worn path.
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    • Story 2: Love & Loss
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    • What was the best thing that happend to Steve Jobs?
      1. Getting fired from Apple. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again. Less sure of anything. It free him to enter one of the most creative periods of his life.
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    • What kept Steve going when he was fired?
      1. The fact that he loved what he did.
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    • Why is it so important to find what you love?
      1. The only way to truly be satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. So if you have not found it you keep looking and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart you will not when yo
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    • Story 3: Death
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    • What was the quote that made a strong impression on Steve?
      1. If you live each day if it was you last some day you will most certainly be right. For the past 33 years he looks in the mirror if today was the last day in his life would he do what he is going to do today. If not he makes a change.
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    • What was the most important tool Steve used to make big choices in life?
      1. Remembering that he will be dead soon. Almost everything. All external expectations, pride, fear of failure. These things fall away in the face of death of the things that are truly important.
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    • What is something that we all share?
      1. No one wants to die. Death is a destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. Death is the single best invitation of life. It is life's change agent?
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    • What is limited?
      1. Your time is limited! So don't waist it living someone else's life. Don't be tramped by dogma. Most important have the courage and heart to follow your intuition.
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    • What photograph inspired Steve when he was young?
      1. A photo of an early morning country road. One that you might find yourself hitch hiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath word the words "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish." - He always wished that for himself.
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