Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech

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What did the author learn in the calligraphy class that seemed to have no practical application in their life at the time?

Serif and Sans serif typefaces

What did the author do to afford food when they didn't have a dorm room in college?

Returned Coke bottles for five-cent deposits

Which day of the week did the author walk seven miles across town to get one good meal at the Hari Krishna Temple?

Sunday

What did the author mention doing after dropping out of college to support themselves?

Sleeping on friends' floors

In what way did the calligraphy class taken by the author later influence the design of the Macintosh computer?

Inspiring the use of multiple typefaces and proportionally spaced fonts

Why did Steve Jobs drop out of Reed College after the first six months?

He couldn't see the value in college education at the time.

What role did Steve Jobs' biological mother play in his adoption?

She insisted that he be adopted by college graduates.

What financial challenge did Steve Jobs face during his college years?

His parents' savings were being spent on his tuition.

Why did the lawyer and his wife decide not to adopt Steve Jobs at birth?

They realized they wanted a girl instead of a boy.

How did Steve Jobs' parents manage to adopt him despite the last-minute changes by the lawyer and his wife?

They were next on the waiting list for adoption.

Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College after completing the first six months.

False

Steve Jobs' biological mother was a college graduate when she decided to put him up for adoption.

False

Steve Jobs' parents were not aware of his biological mother's educational background when they adopted him.

False

Steve Jobs initially chose a college that was very affordable, similar to Stanford's tuition fees.

False

After six months in college, Steve Jobs had a clear idea of what he wanted to do with his life.

False

Steve Jobs decided to drop out of college because he didn't find the required classes interesting.

True

The author had a comfortable dorm room while attending college.

False

The author returned Coke bottles for five dollar deposits to buy food.

False

Steve Jobs mentioned that following his curiosity and intuition led him to priceless outcomes later on.

True

The author believes that it is easy to connect the dots looking forward but challenging to do so looking backwards.

False

Study Notes

Steve Jobs' College Experience

  • Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College after completing the first six months due to the financial burden on his parents.
  • Jobs initially chose a college that was very affordable, similar to Stanford's tuition fees.

Financial Challenges

  • During college, Steve Jobs faced financial difficulties and had to return Coke bottles for five-dollar deposits to buy food.
  • Jobs walked seven miles across town every Sunday to get one good meal at the Hari Krishna Temple.

Calligraphy Class

  • Steve Jobs took a calligraphy class in college that seemed to have no practical application at the time.
  • The calligraphy class later influenced the design of the Macintosh computer.

Adoption and Biological Mother

  • Steve Jobs' biological mother was a college graduate when she decided to put him up for adoption.
  • Jobs' parents were not aware of his biological mother's educational background when they adopted him.
  • The lawyer and his wife initially decided not to adopt Steve Jobs at birth, but Jobs' parents managed to adopt him despite the last-minute changes.

Life after Dropping Out

  • After dropping out of college, Steve Jobs had to support himself.
  • Jobs believed that following his curiosity and intuition led him to priceless outcomes later on, although he acknowledged that it's easy to connect the dots looking forward but challenging to do so looking backwards.

Explore the inspiring commencement speech given by Steve Jobs at Stanford University, where he shares three personal stories about his life. Learn about how he dropped out of college, got fired from his own company, and faced a life-threatening illness, and how all these experiences shaped his successful career.

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