Tim Cook discussed his childhood, first trip to the nation’s capital, early days at Apple and Steve Jobs during his commencement speech at George Washington University.
The Apple CEO also urged students to “change the world” by finding a job that helps them “do good.”
“At Apple, we believe the work should be more than just improving your own self. It is about improving the lives of others as well. I took the job and changed my life. It has been 17 years and I have never once looked back.”
“Apple’s products empower people all over the world: People who are blind and can have things read to them,” Cook said. "People who are isolated by distance or disability. People who witness injustice and want to expose it – and now they can because they have a camera in their pocket all the time.”
Cook discussed how in 1998 Steve Jobs had founded Apple, been forced out and had recently returned “to find it in ruins.”
“He didn’t know it at the time, but he was about to dedicate the rest of his life to rescuing it and to leading it to heights greater than anyone could imagine. His vision for Apple was for a company that could turn powerful technology into tools that were easy to use. Tools that could help people realize their dreams and change the world for the better.”
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"The sidelines are not where you want to live your life," Cook went on. "The world needs you in the arena. There are problems that need to be solved, injustices that need to be ended, people that are still being persecuted, diseases still in need of cure. No matter what you do next, the world needs your energy, your passion, your impatience. Don't shrink from risk."
“It’s about finding your values, and committing to them. It’s about finding your North Star. It’s about making choices. Some are easy. Some are hard. And some will make you question everything.”
You can watch the whole video of Tim Cook’s speech in the video above.