Jobs teaches from his past

Apple Inc. and Pixar founder Steve Jobs delivered remarks on his life and the lessons he has learned to the Stanford graduating class of 2005 as the commencement speaker. In his speech, Jobs told graduates to take risks, live life as you wish and live it doing the important things you love.

Jobs took the graduates on a journey through his far from standard life. Teaching them the lessons that he had to slowly learn over time.

Adopted at birth, Jobs’ birth parents ensured that he would have a path to college, a path which he tried and quickly diverted from. 

After taking a chance and dropping out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Jobs would drop in to classes that interested him. Calligraphy was one of the skills he picked up from this. 

Jobs used this point to show graduates that there are some things in life that will seem pointless until suddenly much later on there is a purpose. As this calligraphy interest let him be the first to put various fonts into a computer.

“You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future,” Jobs said.

Despite founding Apple, Jobs was fired from his own company by John Sculley in 1985. Presenting Jobs with one of the greatest challenges of his life.

He felt as if he had let down entrepreneurs of the past like Bob Noyce, founder of Intel Corp. and David Packard of HP Inc. 

He knew one thing though, he still loved what he did. He encouraged graduates to do what they love and not settle until they find it.

“The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over,” Jobs said.

With the “lightness of being a beginner again,” Jobs came across some of the greatest ideas and success of his life, not to mention he fell in love with his life at this time.

While away from Apple, Jobs founded Pixar and created NeXT, the company which actually brought him back to Apple thanks to his new technology.

Jobs went on to talk of the importance of following your heart and doing what is important because death is ever approaching. 

Last year Jobs was diagnosed with cancer but thanks to surgery on the rare form of cancer he survived. Now he lives as if death is coming and today is his last.

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said.

Jobs referenced the back of the final issue of The Whole Earth Catalog, a publication he called a bible of his generation. The back of the issue read “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

Jobs closed his remarks with this quote as a message to the graduates to maintain their young energy and continue to take risks because you never know where they may lead you or when they will come in handy.

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Soccer wins from behind

UW-Whitewater men’s soccer (12-6-1) defeated UW-Platteville (12-4-2) 3-2 in a highly competitive game Friday night at Robert Fiskum Field. The Warhawks were able to maintain possession of the Shaymus Guinn Cup for the fourth straight year in front of 143 fans.

The Shaymus Guinn Cup is played annually in honor of Warhawks head coach Tony Guinn’s son who passed away at age 11 of pediatric cancer and chemotherapy induced leukemia.

“It means a lot to retain the cup. I cherish it. Win, lose or draw I love my team and how hard they play to honor my son,” Guinn said.

Platteville struck first with a goal in the 11th minute when sophomore forward Lucas Godon scored after receiving a pass from freshman midfielder Danny Gutzwiller. 

At the half the Warhawks trailed 1-0 despite having more shots than Platteville. Warhawk senior goalkeeper Jake King fended off two Pioneer shots and broke up a handful of plays.

Whitewater came out with a quick score to tie the game at start the second half, courtesy of sophomore defender Zack Kristy. However the tie was broken less than two minutes later as Platteville’s sophomore midfielder Konrad Ziaja scored.

The Warhawks went on to score two goals in the final fifteen minutes of play to secure their hold on the cup. The equalizer came on a header from senior forward Jalen Holley, the game winner was scored by senior defender Matthew Waters.

King ended the game with three saves, holding Platteville to two goals on eight shots. The Warhawks scored three goals off ten shots. 

Playing from behind was a challenge for the Warhawks, but they kept their heads in the game and were able to win a back and forth battle.

“We just knew it was a big game, we had heart and kept going at it, never backed down,” Holley said.

Holley was one of seven seniors honored after the team’s final regular season game as the team celebrated senior day with their fans. 

“Always elated when you can win your last game at home when it’s senior day, and it’s the Shaymus Guinn Cup which we retain for the fourth year in a row and it’s a big rivalry game versus Platteville,” Guinn said.

Whitewater Athletic Director Ryan Callahan was excited after the game, he called it a great day for Warhawk sports with the soccer win and a volleyball victory earlier that night.

The Warhawks will travel to Sailsbury, Maryland, for the Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference Championship. The first round will be held Nov. 3 and the championship game is slated for Nov. 6.

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