Thursday, June 16, 2005

Commencement Speeches I would have liked to have heard

Steve Job's Stanford Commencement Address is a good example of a great commencement speech. It is short. It makes some profound points in a clear and at times very personal manner. He divided his comments into three stories - the benefits of dropping out of Reed, doing a job you love, and dealing with mortality. He ends it was Stuart Brand's mantra from the last Whole Earth Catalogue - stay hungry, stay foolish. If you want to be inspired - read the speech.