Steve Job’s Speech at Stanford University - The Genius Issue


Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

This is a classic video on the internet. Perhaps you have already seen it. Today, we will be focusing on watching, reading and listening at the same time.

First click CC (close captions) and select English to follow the transcript.

Steve tells three stories in his

Watch the whole clip first, then watch each segment, and choose the best summary for each part.

You can use the Babylon dictionary box on the right column, to check any words.


“I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal—just three stories.”

Part 1: “The first story is about connecting the dots...”
a)Choices you make following your intuition find a way to become profitable later.
b)When you drop out of college, your creativity accelerates and the future improves despite obstacles.
c)You have to trust in something. Whatever you do, will turn out OK in the future.

Part 2: “My second story is about love and loss...”

a)You've got to find what you love.

b)Getting fired was the best thing that could have ever happened.

c)Keep doing what you like even when things don’t look good.

Part 3: “My third story is about death...”
a)Death puts your life in perspective.

b)Death is the best invention of Life.

c)Death makes people's opinions irrelevant.

Answers here!

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