At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself.
*There is a word list below the script. The list includes blue colored words which are in the script.
*This is the second lesson of the Steve Jobs speech. Lesson 1 is here.
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We’ve divided the speech into 3 lessons. This is the second lesson of the Steve Jobs speech.
(10) My second story is about love and loss. I was lucky, I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents’ garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4,000 employees. We’d just released our finest creation, the Macintosh, a year earlier, and I had just turned 30, and then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew, we hired someone who I thought was very talented, to run the company with me. And for the first year or so, things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our board of directors sided with him. And so at 30, I was out – and very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
(11) I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down, that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me, I still loved what I did. 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. I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
(12) During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, “Toy Story,” and is now the most successful animation studio in the world.
(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)
(13) JOBS: In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, and I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together. I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.
(14) Sometime life – sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick, don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love, and that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on, so keep looking – don’t settle.
(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)
to be continued to the lesson3.
Let’s talk about the article base on the questions below.
Viewpoints or discussions
- Have you ever lost something or someone you love? How did you feel?
- How will you deal with the feeling if you lose your job or something that you love?
- If you lose something in your life, would you give up easily or do something to get it back?
(10) release /rɪˈliːs/ verb [VN] ‣SET SB/STH FREE 1 ～ sb/sth (from sth) to let sb/sth come out of a place where they have been kept or trapped: ‣MAKE AVAILABLE 7 to make sth available to the public:
fine /faɪn/ adj. (finer, fin・est) ‣VERY GOOD 1 [usually before noun] of high quality; good:
creation /kriˈeɪʃn/ noun 2 [C] (often humorous) a thing that sb has made, especially sth that shows ability or imagination:
turn /tᴈːn / verb 14 linking verb [V―N] (not used in the progressive tenses) to reach or pass a particular age or time: ◇She turns 21 in June. ◇It’s turned midnight.
fire /ˈfaɪə(r)/ verb 4 [VN] to force sb to leave their job
talented /ˈtæləntɪd/ adj. having a natural ability to do sth well:
vision /ˈvɪʒn/ noun 2 [C] an idea or a picture in your imagination: 3 [C] a dream or similar experience, especially of a religious kind:
diverge /daɪˈvᴈːdʒ / verb [V] (formal) 1 ～ (from sth) to separate and go in different directions: 2 ～ (from sth) (formal) (of opinions, views, etc.) to be different:
falling―ˈout noun (informal) [sing.] a situation where people are no longer friends, caused by a disagreement or an argument:
side with sb (against sb/sth) to support one person or group in an argument against sb else:
focus /ˈfəʊkəs;/ noun (pl. fo・cuses or foci /ˈfəʊsaɪ;/) 1 [U, C, usually sing.] ～ (for/on sth) the thing or person that people are most interested in; the act of paying special attention to sth and making people interested in it:
devastating /ˈdevəsteɪtɪŋ/ adj. 1 causing a lot of damage and destruction 2 extremely shocking to a person:
(11) let sb↔down to fail to help or support sb as they had hoped or expected: ◇I’m afraid she let us down badly.
entrepreneur /ˌɒntrəprəˈnᴈː(r);/ noun a person who makes money by starting or running businesses, especially when this involves taking financial risks
baton /ˈbætɒn; / noun 3 a small light stick that one member of a team in a RELAY race passes to the next person to run:
screw ˈup (slang, especially NAmE) to do sth badly or spoil sth SYN MESS UP:
dawn /dᴐːn/ verb [V] 1 (of a day or a period of time) to begin:
turn /tᴈːn;/ noun ‣CHANGE 6 an unusual or unexpected change in what is happening: ◇a surprising turn of events
start ˈover (especially NAmE) to begin again:
heaviness noun [U] weighing a lot; difficult to lift or move:
replace /rɪˈpleɪs/ verb [VN] 1 to be used instead of sth/sb else; to do sth instead of sb/sth else SYN TAKE OVER FROM:
lightness noun [U] 1 gently; with very little force or effort: 3 in a way that sounds as though you are not particularly worried or interested
(13) remarkable /rɪˈmɑːkəbl;/ adj. ～ (for sth)| ～ (that … ) unusual or surprising in a way that causes people to take notice
renaissance /rɪˈneɪsns/ noun [sing.] 1 the Renaissance the period in Europe during the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries when people became interested in the ideas and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and used these influences in their own art, literature, etc.: 2 a situation when there is new interest in a particular subject, form of art, etc. after a period when it was not very popular SYN REVIVAL:
taste /teɪst/ verb (not used in the progressive tenses) ‣HAVE FLAVOUR 1 linking verb ～ (of sth) to have a particular flavour: 2 ―tasting (in adjectives) having a particular flavour: ◇foul―tasting medicine
brick /brɪk/ noun 1 [C, U] baked CLAY used for building walls, houses and other buildings; an individual block of this:
faith /feɪѲ/ noun 1 [U] ～ (in sb/sth) trust in sb’s ability or knowledge; trust that sb/sth will do what has been promised: 2 [U, sing.] strong religious belief:
fill /fɪl/ verb ‣MAKE FULL 1 ～ (sth) (with sth) to make sth full of sth; to become full of sth:
settle/ˈsetl/ verb ‣END ARGUMENT 1 to put an end to an argument or a disagreement: ‣DECIDE/ARRANGE 2 to decide or arrange sth finally: [VN] [often passive]: [also VN that] ‣CHOOSE PERMANENT HOME 3 [V + adv./prep.] to make a place your permanent home:
roll /rəʊl;/ verb ‣TURN OVER 1 [+adv./prep.] to turn over and over and move in a particular direction; to make a round object do this: ‣MOVE (AS IF) ON WHEELS 4 [usually +adv./prep.] to move smoothly (on wheels or as if on wheels); to make sth do this:
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