On the verge of presenting a beloved idea of mine to some people who can help me craft it into something amazing (or completely squash it), I find myself once again viewing the video of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address on YouTube. Why? I get inspired every time I hear it.
It’s simple stuff, really: connect the dots, good things happen despite (or even because of) bad things and you’re going to die so make your life count. The fact that it comes from a person with serious credibility and accomplishments (even if he did have some undesirable traits) and a person who made devices that I use everyday, and love, seems to give these simple ideas extra power. Apparently, the reality distortion field even comes through on video.
As I watched the video this time around, I was struck by the reactions of 3 particular individuals in the audience who had funny, appalling and unfortunate reactions to a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. All I’m saying here is that if I were in attendance, I would have paid attention to every word. I guess the old saying is true; you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
Can you think of any funny captions for these screenshots?
The Scowling Faculty Member
At 11 minutes and 17 seconds, Steve is talking about how dropping out of college was one of the best things that ever happened to him. Apparently, this guy doesn’t like that? I don’t think he’s squinting at the sun because it appears to be shining on the opposite side of his head…
Big Glasses, Small Attention Span
At 13 minutes and 33 seconds, Steve talks about getting fired from Apple and the renaissance that it eventually sparked at Apple. The girl in the big glasses apparently knew this story by heart, didn’t care or was simply stoked that her goggles got the camera pointed her direction.
Death Is Hilarious Guy
17 minutes and 11 seconds into Steve’s speech, he is talking about death as a motivation for accomplishing as much as you can while you are alive. The guy in the white shirt is laughing. Hmmm.
What do you think?