Steven Jobs droppede selv ud af universitetet, men det afholdte ham ikke fra at holde en af de smukkeste dimissionstaler nogensinde på Stanford University i 2005. Steven Jobs er kendt som medstifter og administrerende direktør i Apple Inc. og Pixar Animation Studios. Derudover er Jobs også den person, der ejer den største aktiemajoritet (7 %) af The Walt Disney Company. Her fortæller Jobs blandt andet om, hvorfor det at droppe ud af universitetet var en af hans bedste beslutninger, hvorfor livet kun kan forstås baglæns, hvorfor hans fyring (fra Apple) – et selskab han selv startede i en garage - var en af de bedste ting, der kunne ske for ham og hvordan en dødelig kræftdiagnose forandrede hans syn på livet.
“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart…
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...”