You betcha!<br><br>THE ASSOCIATED PRESS; This story was supplemented with portions of the commencement speech. <br>Posted June 19 2005 <br><br> PALO ALTO, Calif. - Apple Computer Inc.'s chief executive Steve Jobs told Stanford University graduates last week that dropping out of college was one of the best decisions he ever made because it forced him to be innovative - even when it came to finding enough money for dinner.<br><br> In an unusually candid commencement speech, Jobs also told the almost 5,000 graduates that his bout with a rare form of pancreatic cancer re-emphasized the need to live each day to the fullest.<br><br> "Your time is limited, so don't let it be wasted living someone else's life," Jobs said to a packed stadium of graduates, alumni and family. "Don't be trapped by [color:red]dogma</font color=red> - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition."<br><br> Jobs, wearing sandals and jeans under his robe, was treated like a rock star by the students, in large part due to the surge in popularity of Apple from its iPod digital music player.<br><br> A group of students wore iPod Mini costumes over their robes, and several students shouted, "Steve, hire me!" Jobs, 50, said he attended Reed College in Portland, Ore., but dropped out after only eight months because it was too expensive for his working-class family. He said his real education started when he "dropped in" on whatever classes interested him - including calligraphy.<br><br> Jobs said he lived off 5-cent soda recycling deposits and free food offered by Hare Krishnas while taking classes.<br><br> He told the graduates that few friends could see the value of learning calligraphy at the time, but that painstaking attention to detail - including mastering different fonts - was what set the Apple Macintosh computer apart from its competitors.<br><br> "If I had never dropped out, I might never have dropped in on that calligraphy," Jobs said.<br><br> Jobs also recounted founding Apple in his parents' garage and his tough times after being forced out of the company in 1985 when he was only 30.<br><br> "I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley," Jobs said.<br><br> "I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life."<br><br> He went on to found a software company called NeXT and then Pixar Studios, which has released huge hit films such as "Finding Nemo" and "Monsters, Inc." "It was awful-tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it," Jobs said. (Apple bought NeXT and brought Jobs back to the company in 1996.)<br><br> When he was diagnosed with cancer last year, Jobs said his doctor told him he only had three to six months to live. He later found out he had a rare, treatable form of the disease - but he still learned a tough lesson.<br><br> "Remembering you are going to die is the best way to avoid the fear that you have something to lose," he said. "You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."<br><br> [color:red]Before the ceremony, a plane rented by the Computer TakeBack Campaign, an environmental group, flew over the stadium with a banner that read: "Steve, don't be a mini player - recycle all e-waste." The group is prodding Apple to improve its efforts to recycle obsolete electronics.</font color=red> (tell that to China and kids, or parents that let them break the keys on iBooks at CompUSA! : P)<br><br> This story was supplemented with portions of the commencement speech. <br><br>
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