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A Story of Passion: Steve Jobs

It wasn’t until I heard Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement speech that I really cared about who he was and what he had done.

Sure, I knew his name, knew that he had started Apple and Pixar.  But those won’t be the achievements I remember him for.  It was this video that put him at icon status for me. It is this video, and his three personal stories that changed forever how I saw Steve Jobs.

Steve accomplished so much in his short life and when I heard the news on Wednesday that he had died, my eyes filled with tears.

There are few people who have had the impact on our lives in such small and large ways.

Few of us will know the fame Steve did. We may be nameless, faceless cogs, but each one of us has a story. Each one of us has the opportunity to do what we love. As Steve says to these commencing students….Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish! We can’t see how the dots of our life connect looking forward says Steve, however, looking back, it all begins to make sense. Especially if you are following a dream.

Thank you Steve!

I hope his story inspires you.  I hope his message stays with you.



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  • Carol White Llewellyn October 7, 2011, 8:51 am

    Hannah –
    Thank you for sharing this inspiring video and for setting an example of following your passion!

    • Hannah Morgan October 11, 2011, 4:40 am

      Thank you Carol!
      Passion is everything, isn’t it?!

  • Marc Miller October 9, 2011, 11:45 am

    This video was used in a bootstrapping class I took last year. It was quite eye opening.

    The calligraphy story is quite astounding. My first job out of college was developing word processors. I very much relate to this.


    • Hannah Morgan October 11, 2011, 4:40 am

      Hi Marc, how interesting they used Steve’s commencement address in a bootstrapping class! So looking back and connecting the dots, how did that job developing word processors impact what you are doing today?

  • Judy October 10, 2011, 2:50 pm

    Hannah, when I heard the Stanford speech on the radio a few days ago, the calligraphy story reminded me to never discourage or disparage one’s interests. We used to laugh at those taking courses like “Mickey Mouse” Math and basketweaving. I hope those folks are getting the last laugh!

    • Hannah Morgan October 11, 2011, 4:38 am

      Thanks Judy!

      Yes, that message always supports the fact that you have to have an interest in something, even though it may not seem to have a connection or significance at the time. It is so often that interest/passion that ends up being a critical dot!

  • Coline October 11, 2012, 8:18 am

    I loved this speech also, i used a clip from it for  my leadership presentation in my office management class.