Steve Jobs’ Commencement
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
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.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary
1. What did Steve Job advise people through his speech?
a. He advised people to choose what is the most important thing in their life
b. He advised people to look into the mirror
c. He advised people to choose secondary things
d. He advised people to die soon
e. He asked peope to avoid trap of thinking
2. Which of this quote is not true based on the text?
a. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your inner voice
b. have the courage to follow your heart and intuition
c. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other peoples’ thinking
d. There is no reason not to follow your heart
e. Don’t make big choices in life because it’s too risky
3. Which one of the following words that best replaces the word commencement in the text?
c. life achievement
d. life journey
4. Which one of the following words has the closest meaning to embarrassment?