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Anticipate by Rob-Jan de Jong

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5

Connecting the Dots

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality.

—BERTRAND RUSSELL

JUNE 12, 2005

It’s the afternoon of June 12, 2005, in sun-drenched Palo Alto, California. Hundreds of graduating students at Stanford University are listening to what will later be considered one of the most inspiring speeches of our time. A year after being diagnosed with cancer, Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivers a commencement speech that forgoes the typical formality. He shares three intimate, meaningful, and eloquent stories from his life. “That’s it. No big deal,” he says. It becomes a YouTube classic long before his death a few years later.

In his legendary speech, Jobs speaks from the heart about experiences that ...

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