Steve Jobs, 50, spoke to the 2005 Stanford University graduates on June 12 about three topics and stories of his life that will help them be successful in their futures.
Jobs began his speech talking about how he never graduated college, and standing at the podium Sunday was the closest he had ever come to a college graduation.
The three topics that Jobs planned to discuss were broken down into connecting the dots, love and loss and Death. These stories were all filled with advice to the graduates.
For six months Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon before he dropped out. Jobs said he left school because his parents could barley afford the pricey tuition and he did not really see the point of staying in school.
At just the age of 20, after deciding college was not for him, Jobs started his computer business in his parent’s garage. After 10 years with his founding partner, his small garage-business turned into a major corporation.
Jobs was fired form his own business at the age of 30 for a mistake that he made. His mistake was made public and he even contemplated leaving the Valley area, but choose to stay and face his mistake.
“I didn’t see it then, but getting fired from Apple was the best thing to ever happen to me,” said Jobs.
When Jobs was not employed by Apple he was able to find the woman of his dreams and create a family, along with founding the company Next and Pixar. Pixar came to be the most successful animated studios in the world, premiering Toy Story as its first film.
After Apple purchased the company Next, Jobs received his job back at Apple and began to make more history for the company.
“With all matters of the heart, you know you’ll find it,” said Jobs.
Although Jobs faced some rough times throughout his life he still stayed positive and made sure the graduates knew that these obstacles showed a person that if they truly love something they will find success.
The third and final topic that Jobs talked about was death and how it should drive people to become everything they want to be.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” said Jobs.
One year ago Jobs was diagnosed with pancreas cancer that was originally stated to be untreatable but was able to be removed. He said that this was the closest he had ever came to death and he hoped that it would be the closest he came in the next few decades.
Jobs was adamant on making sure the graduates knew that they needed to follow their hearts and follow the dreams and goals they wanted to accomplish.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition,” said Jobs.
Police say at least 12 people were sent to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after a mechanical failure caused an amusement ride to suddenly stop at a Connecticut fair.
Three other people were also hurt when a rotating swing ride at the Oyster Festival in Norwalk came to a sudden stop Sunday afternoon. Norwalk police previously said the injured were all children but state police did not specify their ages.
Authorities said a preliminary investigation indicates the riders being spun by the ride crashed into each other but none were ejected or fell from the ride.
Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik said there were initial reports of serious injuries but preliminary indications are that the injuries were not as severe as first feared.
One hospital reported three in stable condition and another reported three were being evaluated. Victims were also reportedly taken to a third hospital that did not immediately comment on the status of their injured.
The festival’s organizer, the nonprofit Norwalk Seaport Association, said it directed the ride’s operator, Stewart Amusement, to shut down the entire ride area until state inspectors complete an inspection. The other rides later reopened and the rest of the festival remained open on its third and final day.
Stewart Amusement’s rides are inspected by its own staff every day, by state and local inspectors weekly and by engineers and insurance inspectors each year, the company’s website said.
“Your safety is of critical importance to us,” the site says. “Not only do we have an obligation to provide our guests with the safest equipment and environment possible, but also our ultimate success depends on it.”
Stewart Amusement says it has provided rides and other attractions since 1983 at events in Fairfield and New Haven counties in Connecticut and neighboring Westchester and Putnam counties in New York.
Troopers with state police fire and explosion unit were investigating, department spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said.
Festival organizers posted a statement about the accident on its Facebook page.
“Our first and only concern is for the wellbeing of those involved and their families,” the statement said