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\"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish,\" says Jobs

updated 09:10 am EDT, Wed June 15, 2005

Jobs transcript

Stanford University has posted the on June 12. "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 4000 employees. We had 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?" Jobs also talked about his battle with cancer. "This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope its the closest I get for a few more decades."

"About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes."

"I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now."

by MacNN Staff




  1. - - e r i k - -

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Beautiful Speech


  1. mitchell_pgh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wish...

    someone had a mp3 of the speach.

  1. Kristoff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Uh, words, words...

    Really, we want a webcast of the speech, not words.

  1. TheGreatButcher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I went

    One of my friends graduated, so I was in attendance. It was really well spoken - the crowd roared with laughter and applause when he got to the part where he said "And since Windows just copied the Mac..."

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: uh, words...

    Really! This was a Steve Jobs speech! Why wasn't there a live webcast! And why wasn't this pre-announced. We all would've attended (h***, some people might have gone to stanford for four years and qualified for a diploma so they could attend it!). Don't they know that every gesture, every movement, might be an indicator of when the iDVR is going to be released, or why they went to Intel, or when those Powerbook G5's being stacked high in Apple's warehouse will finally by announced! Anything else like that. Geesh!

  1. ThermoNuclear

    Joined: Dec 1969



    impressive speech. Someone has to have a link for a pod-cast

  1. scchu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Download here...

    Not sure if this is considered "podcast", but I did record it live and have a copy here for download.

    Enjoy and pass on the fun!

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