Steve Jobs is the co-founder of Apple and Apple is now the largest tech company in the world in many people’s eyes if you include Pixar and ipods and iphones and itunes and all the rest. He never graduated from college but the following need-to-watched speech was made in 2005 to a class of Stanford graduates. The speech is comprised of just three stories from his life.

After coming back from pancreatic cancer he had this to say, “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be because death is very likely the single greatest invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.”

The following are a few other brief quotes gleaned from his inspiring address.

You can only connect the dots looking backwards.

Being fired from Apple was one of the best thing that ever happened to me.

The only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you live each day as if was your last, one day you’ll be right.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap that you have something to lose.

Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

Thank you Steve Jobs for inspiring me with a little of the story of your life. I hope you all enjoy, folks.



Subscribe to In Search of Simplicity by Email

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.

In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit:

In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews