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At Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship, students are encouraged to seek knowledge not just in classrooms or through voluntary experiences. There are Skype sessions, guest speaker sessions, meeting entrepreneurs from the local area, TED talks and keynote speech from various personalities.   On one such occasion, they chose to listen to Steve Jobs' Commencement Speech at Stanford University (2005). They wanted an out-of-the box perspective which will be their guide on their path to travel in the coming time.

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Students of Master of Social Entrepreneurship (MSE)  chose the famous Commencement address by Steve Jobs at the Stanford University where he spoke of the three stories from his life: about Connecting The Dots, about Love and Loss, and about Death.  Each story inspired the students in a different manner.
Connecting the Dots: The story inspired the students to pursue that they want to do without thinking of the consequences. It helped them to build faith in themselves and give their full efforts in their work without much worrying. It was interesting to them because they were worried about the future performance and were paying less attention to the present circumstances.

Love and Loss:  The story  helped them understand that they need to keep on moving even when they lose the things close to their heart. The story taught them that even if they fail at times, it is not a bad thing. The students also found out that they need to channelize the frustration of failure into productive things, to create something new and better. The story encouraged them to do the things that they love to do and with time that will become great work. They also learnt that they cannot give up, have to stay motivated and keep looking if they have not found the things they love to do.

Death: The story reflected that time is less as life is short and uncertain. This was not an easy thing to understand for the students, however they put effort in understanding that everyday time passes by and the time not used is lost forever. They took to the lesson that their own ideas and believes should not get lost when other oppose them. Further, they agreed that they will follow their heart and stay rooted to the logical fraction of their mind because that is the best guide.

His Popular Quotes from the address: (Courtesy: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs)

"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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life"

"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle."
"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

Courtesy: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html


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