As you all know, Steve Jobs died last week and even non-Apple-Fans were effected by his life and death. His legacy as chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple and Pixar Animation Studios is clear. In 2005 Jobs reflected publicly on the lessons he has learned from facing struggle, failure and death in the Commencement Speech at Stanford University. Jobs, in his fifteen minute speech, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks, including death itself. Jobs talks about dropping out of university, being fired from Apple, starting Pixar, being diagnosed with cancer, and finishes with the inspiration he drew from the Whole Earth Catalog.
For every magical thing Steve Jobs revealed in his Apple keynote addresses, there were many other things he concealed. Like the devices he created, his life was more and more opaque even while becoming more and more celebrated.