There are certain people in this industry that can stop a crowd whenever they speak. And it’s not because of their positions, but because of what took them there. One of them was former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, a man who changed the world and wouldn’t stop and have it any other way. He didn’t want to do great things… he had to.
This man has passed away and left an immense legacy to us, but his chosen heir to the Apple crown was Tim Cook. There must be a reason why Tim Cook was chosen, but sadly we don’t hear too much about his endeavors. The new CEO is known for being a bit more shy, but when he does open his mouth, we listen.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken the stage at George Washington University’s campus, where he spoke to a graduating class about his past, the present and our future. You can expect the speech to be very inspirational, and you will likely shed a tear or two.
Cook speaks about changing the world, and how working at Apple has helped him do that. And not only because they make great technology, but because Apple has its moral standards. The company believes in doing good, and they strive to do it all the time.
“You don’t have to choose between doing good and doing well.” -Tim Cook, Apple CEO
Tim then goes on to speak about the most important part of his speech. He speaks about cynics and people who “stand on the sidelines” telling you something can’t be done. It seems that is something that simply doesn’t roll in Silicon Valley, a place he believes has no limitations. Especially at Apple, where he states one can walk into a room full of Apple engineers and say something is impossible – they simply won’t take that.
This is the world of technology we live in, guys. Anyone who is in this industry “for the money” should really consider something else. This industry is about a generation of people who want to do something special. They want to change the world, and will have it no other way. If you are in this to pay your rent, that’s “just a job”.
The speech is awesome and very much worth the 21 minutes. Especially for those few times he stopped and joked about Apple and the competition!
And when you are done, why don’t you take a look at Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement speech, back in 2005 when the mobile revolution was just beginning.