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commencement /kəˈmensmənt/ n.毕业典礼

Unwed /ˌʌnˈwed/adj.未婚的

popped out出生

biological mother生母

Steve Jobs at Stanford University in 2005


I am 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.I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months.But then stayed around as a drop - in for another 18 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 college 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.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 someday go to college.This was the start in my life.

她十分想让我被大学毕业生收养,所以她为我做好了一切,我被一个律师一家收养。但出乎意料的是,当我出生之后,律师夫妇突然想要一个女孩。所以我的养父母(在待选名单上的)突然在半夜接到了一个电话“我们现在这儿有一个不小心生出来的男婴,你们想要他吗?”他们回答道:“当然!”但是我生母随后发现,我的养母从来没有上过大学,我的养父甚至从未读过高中。她拒绝签这个收养合同。几个月后,在我的养父母承诺一定会送我上大学后,她才勉强同意。 这是我生活的开始。

And 17 years later I did go to college .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 .After six months , I couldn’t see the value in it .I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out .And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life .


So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK.It was pretty scary at the time,but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made.The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me,and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.It wasn’t all romantic.I didn’t have a dorm room,so I slept on the floor in friends’rooms.


I returned coke bottles for the five - cent deposits to buy food with,and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.I loved it.And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.Let me give you one example.

我又去捡五美分的可乐瓶了,仅仅是为了填饱肚子。每个星期天晚上,我会走7英里的路穿过波特兰市区去Hare Krishna神庙去吃顿好的。我爱上了它。很多在这段跟随自己的好奇心和直觉度过的日子里学到的东西,后来都让我获益匪浅。我给你们举个例子。

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country.Throughout the campus every poster,every label on every drawer,was beautifully hand calligraphed.Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes . I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this.It was beautiful,historical,artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture,and I found it fascinating .


None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life.But ten years later,when we were designing the first Macintosh computer,it all came back to me.And we designed it all into the Mac.It was the first computer with beautiful typography.If I had never dropped in on that single course in college,the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts .


And since Windows just copied the Mac,its likely that no personal computer would have them.If I had never dropped out,I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class,and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do.Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college . But it was very,very clear looking backwards ten years later. Again,you can’t connect the dots looking forward,you can only connect them looking backwards .


So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.You have to trust in something, your gut,destiny , life , karma,whatever .Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well - worn path,and that will make all the difference.



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