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The Last Episode

The Last Episode

I’ve always enjoyed the commencement speech made by Steve Jobs at Stanford. It is everyone out there should listen at least once. You can read/view the entire speech here at https://news.stanford.edu/2005/06/14/jobs-061505/. The best part about the speech is about he finished the speech.

Steve Jobs' commencement speech, and why it still matters.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. 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.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. 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. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Finishing the speech with the words ‘Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish’ is the best way to give hope and finish the speech. I haven’t read anything about The Whole Earth Catalog but the closest I’ve seen something is Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. The comic series ran for 10 years and is one of the best. This is how Bill put out the final issue. ‘A DAY FULL OF POSSIBILITIES’ is a great way to start the day, week, month, quarter, and the year.

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