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Steve Job's Commencement Speech

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Steve Jobs' commencement speech to Stanford in 2005 sent a shiver up my spine the moment I finished reading the full text. It's not a plain speech that you would commonly hear in college graduations. It's nothing like the others who never forget about speaking of their achievements and how it affected their lives. Jobs, rather, talked about much of what background he has and nothing but the truth behind everything when he started his invention, which, in a blink of an eye, changed the world.

I admire his courage when he dropped out of college when he said he couldn't see the value in it and that he had no idea how it would help him figure out what will he do in his life. I also support his decision of dropping out of classes that failed catching his interest and drop in to the ones who conquers his interest and attention. However, nowadays, I do believe that this kind of strategy in finding out your passion would not really work anymore. Most of college students just give up half way not because they are in search for what they really like but because they are tired and thinks they can't go on anymore. We can no longer deny that college diploma is essential today if we want to get hired by big companies or if we want to get a more decent job. For that, as for college students, they shouldn't give up just yet and continue to pursue. When I read about how his calligraphy classes have been much of use in his career, something went back to me. Often times, when I feel my subjects are eating me alive, I ask myself. "When will ever this benefit me in life?" Steve Jobs gave me the answer. It may not be today, tomorrow, or next month. But someday, sometime, somewhere, and somehow, what you learn inside the four corners of classroom will be much of use to you. No rush. You just have to wait and see.

Another lesson in life that I always hear and read had finally struck into my mind, soul, and heart - losing something is not the end of it for you may gain something worth triple or more of what you loss. With Jobs' story, I told myself that I shouldn't stop pursuing my dreams just because I am afraid of losing. Losing and standing up to start all over again is better than to miss good opportunities and later on regret that I have did nothing sensible in my entire life. There's sunshine after the rain. A loss may turn out into gain. So what if we fall seven times? We can stand up eight. We just need to keep on believing, view the losses on positive side and see what we gained. Keep the faith and everything would work out okay. Loving something means never giving it up. Keep loving it even if others comment about you being foolish about it. Just keep on going. If you haven't found it yet, stand up and walk, don't settle until the search is over.

"Live each day as if it there would be no tomorrow!" I always hear this quote. I frequently



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