At the opening of the keynote season in the USA, well-known speakers will appear in front of the newly graduated students. Many personalities will try this exercise … Most will be forgotten and others will step over the doors of the media and social networks.
In 2005, a certain Steve Jobs tried his hand at the opening speech at Stanford University! Probably without knowing that it was going to be one of the most watched speeches in history! The speech by the co-founder of Apple counts more than 40 million views on Youtube today! But why this speech fascinates the masses so much. We will try to explain it to you!
In 1976 Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. The world fame of iPhones or iPads is firmly established. Not to mention the famous MacIntosh, which in its early days was the panacea for all secretaries. The Mac is still a popular product around the world today.
Steve Jobs is an absolute icon in business and culture. The introduction of each new device is always the occasion for large gatherings until his death in 2011. In fact, the technology makes it aesthetic! He was a born speaker! He had the ability to captivate crowds with his speeches.
A speech based on a man’s feelings!
In his 2005 speech, Jobs talks about his personal experiences … his abandonment, his firing from Apple in 1985, and his thoughts on death! Jobs already knew then that a first cancer would eat him up. And he said, it was the next moment of death I know and I hope it’s the next one I get for a couple of decades.
He adds that remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose. On this day it is not the businessman who speaks, but the man in the face of death! In a way, they are giving advice to these future businesswomen or men for “his after”! Jobs caught the crowd because he knew how to show himself as a man, not a billionaire.
The beautiful homage to his widow!
His widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, himself gave the opening speech at the University of Pennsylvania this year. And in this speech she obviously remembers her late husband’s speech in a beautiful homage! She says: One of the most beautiful dimensions of life is to integrate the loved ones and the lost into one’s own being. We see more – and we understand more – and we love more.
Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco and died on October 5, 2011 in Palo Alto. Image Credit: Shutterstock / Featureflash Photo Agency
Laurene Powell Jobs referred to her husband in several places in her speech. Especially when she explains to the students that you can only do a good job if you love it! She also knows how nervous her husband was about that speech, maybe he knew he would be one of the last! Still, Steve Jobs will forever leave the image of an empathic businessman who seduced the masses …