The Lesson of Overcoming the Odds
College graduation ceremonies are always filled with inspiring words, especially for those students about to enter the professional world. In 2005, Stanford University managed to wrangle Apple and Pixar CEO Steve Jobs, one of the most successful and innovative businessmen of all time, who offered three stories to the graduating student body.
Jobs retells why he dropped out of college, how he got fired from his own company, and how he dealt with his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The common thread linking these stories is the ability to overcome the odds and persevere at the lowest moments in life, a great and encouraging lesson for any struggling business owner.