Steve Jobs: How to Live Before You Die (A Reaction Paper)

May 20, 2010 at 2:05 am (Uncategorized) ()

Life does not only depend in any success and failure that we are about and is going to face all through our lives. As I go watch the Fifteen minutes commencement speech that Steve Jobs, the once-and-again CEO of Apple who has spearheaded a few of the most iconic products in technology, entertainment and design,told in the commencement exercise held in Stanford University, I realized that everything happens because there is a purpose.

During his speech on the said commencement exercise, he told three different stories about his life. The first story was entitled, “Connecting the Dots”. He talks about how he patterned his life into the dots that represents each important event that happened in his life. He tackled his journey on what he did during his early days in college especially on his studies. The second story was about how he ruled his work “as a job” during the up’s and downs of his career. He also told and connected love as one of the major factor of his success and survival during his own utopia. His third and final story talks about death and how an individual should manage and give importance to life. Life, work with a combination of love, and death. Three different stories with one purpose. To teach a lesson.

“You can’t connect the dots by looking forward; you can only them by looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something, your guts, destiny, life, and karma, whatever. Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

Everything happens for a reason. Life goes on. As a matter of fact, existence does not only shows that an individual could either choose to live for the better or for worse because the time and effort exerted was considered wasted, rather it is therefore concluded that each action did on the past was considered and represented as a dot that will constitute the outcomes of his actions in life.

During Steve Jobs early days in college, he enrolled himself to Reed College which was a very expensive college back then. After Eighteen months of studying, he dropped out. The outcome of his action turned out and he did not be able to finish his college. In fact, he NEVER graduated college.

In the middle of hearing this story, I now understand why there are lots of students who keep on dropping their subjects out and do not mind if they will fail or not while they were enrolled in their respective subjects. Maybe up to now they are still seeking for the right time that will really suit their interests and will match their outlooks in life. Assurance of a good life and better future does not only depend on good grades. Experience, proper training, and an excellent application of skills acquired and knowledge learned all through an individual’s life constitutes it all.

“I had been rejected but I was still in love… and so I decided to start over”

Every rejection does not mean that you need to stop and admit defeat. Sometimes it is a signal that you need to exert more effort and improve what you are doing to receive a better outcome.

I maybe rejected a lot of times but I don’t see and accept it as rejection itself. Rather, I received it as a guide on how I will make improvement in driving my motivation towards my studies and as well as my goals in life. It strikes my attention when the speaker told those words because I started to realized that I could choose whether I will just improve what I’m doing whenever I failed and got rejected or I could start all over again and make a new beginning. The heaviness of being successful was placed by the lightness of being a beginner again.

“If you live each day and as it was your last day someday you’ll most certainly be right.”

Remembering that someday I am going to die helps me from achieving and keeps setting goals all throughout my life. I always say that being productive is one of the best ways of expressing the things that I really want to do in life. Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.


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