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Steve Jobs Commencement Speech

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  1. calligraphy
    beautiful handwriting
    Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country.
  2. biopsy
    the removal and examination of tissue from a living body
    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.
  3. hitchhike
    travel by getting free rides from motorists
    On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous.
  4. typography
    the craft of composing type and printing from it
    I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great.
  5. charismatic
    possessing an extraordinary ability to attract
    Editor's Note: Steve Jobs (1955-2011) was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., and a successful and charismatic entrepreneur, inventor and designer.
  6. karma
    effects of one's actions that determine his or her destiny
    You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
  7. tumor
    an abnormal new mass of tissue that serves no purpose
    I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas.
  8. graduated
    marked with or divided into degrees
    I never graduated from college.
  9. idealistic
    motivated by noble or moral beliefs rather than practicality
    It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
  10. biological
    pertaining to life and living things
    My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption.
  11. entrepreneur
    someone who organizes a business venture
    Editor's Note: Steve Jobs (1955-2011) was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., and a successful and charismatic entrepreneur, inventor and designer.
  12. intuition
    instinctive knowing, without the use of rational processes
    And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.
  13. naive
    marked by or showing unaffected simplicity
    But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition.
  14. proportional
    having a constant ratio
    If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.
  15. incurable
    incapable of being remedied
    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.
  16. diagnose
    subject to a medical analysis
    About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer.
  17. adoption
    proceeding creating a parent-child relation between persons
    My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption.
  18. commencement
    the act of starting something
    In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University in California, Jobs offered his insight into how to lead a successful life.
  19. microscope
    magnifier of the image of small objects
    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.
  20. sedate
    characterized by dignity and propriety
    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.
  21. devastating
    wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction
    What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
  22. drop
    let fall to the ground
    I dropped out of Reed College after the first six months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit.
  23. adventurous
    willing to undertake new and daring enterprises
    On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous.
  24. diverge
    move or draw apart
    But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out.
  25. Renaissance
    period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages
    In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance.
  26. anew
    again, but in a new or different way
    And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.
  27. dogma
    a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative
    Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
  28. relent
    give in, as to influence or pressure
    She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
  29. varying
    marked by diversity or difference
    I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great.
  30. stumble
    miss a step and fall or nearly fall
    And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.
  31. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
    It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.
  32. drown
    kill by submerging in water
    Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice.
  33. dramatic
    characteristic of a stage performance
    Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
  34. intellectual
    of or associated with or requiring the use of the mind
    Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
Created on May 17, 2017

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