STEVE JOBS

Cosmopolitan (Australia) - - Work -

WHERE: Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, 2005

BEST FOR: Those times when you re­ally just need some­one to tell you it’s OK to want to bake bread/learn Man­darin/ throw pots.

VIBE: Prob­a­bly the most-quoted com­mence­ment speech of all time. In it, he stresses the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing your cu­riosi­ties, how­ever ran­dom. Af­ter drop­ping out of col­lege, he took a cal­lig­ra­phy course be­cause it fas­ci­nated him. Ten years later, while de­sign­ing his Mac pro­to­type, he re­mem­bered what he’d learnt and he made the first-ever com­puter with beau­ti­ful ty­pog­ra­phy. POST-IT-NOTE QUOTE: ‘You can’t con­nect the dots look­ing for­ward, you can only con­nect them look­ing back­wards. You have to trust that the dots will some­how con­nect in your fu­ture.’

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