R.I.P Steve Jobs of Apple…There is No Cheat Code for Cheating Death

R.I.P Steve Jobs of Apple

He’s Cheated Death for a few Years…but there is no Cheat Code for Cheating Death

Passed away day before after enduring Pancreatic Cancer and a Liver Transplant

From I-pod to I-Phone to I-Pad and finally to I-Cloud now

Reblogging his 2005 Address at Stanford as below


Steve Job’s June 2005 Address to Stanford Students

August 30,2008

It was with some amusement that I read the news coverage this morning  of how STEVE JOBS,the Co Founder of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation, read his own obituary !

It seems Newswire Service Provider,Bloomberg’s gaffe occurred during a routine update of STEVE JOBS’ biography.Many newswire services have obits written in advance for prominent people to enable them to quickly put them in the news on death of that person…Bloomberg has an obit prepared for Steve Jobs already and inadvertently published it yesterday only to retract it later ! 

It made me recall a heart warming Speech that STEVE JOBS gave to Stanford University Graduates in June 2005…a Speech that I distributed regularly to participants at my workshops at the BSE Training Institute in 2005 and 2006

In this Speech STEVE JOBS  talks of his Life and breaks it down into Three segments of

  • Connecting the Dots
  • Love and Loss
  • Death

You can view it on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA


Gaurav A Parikh


Thank you. I’m honored to be with you today for your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. Truth be told, I never graduated from college and 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. The first story is about connecting the dots.

Connecting the Dots

I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months but then stayed around as a drop-in for another eighteen months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife, except that when I popped out, they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking, “We’ve got an unexpected baby boy. Do you want him?” They said, “Of course.” My biological mother found out later that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would go to college. read more