Tim Cook gave a speech to Tulane graduates at their commencement yesterday morning. He said to them about finding the job that they wanted and a new twist on the old. Here’s what he said in the commencement address at the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Cook said that,
“There’s a saying that if you do what you love you’ll never work a day on your life. At Apple, I learned that’s a total crock. You’ll work harder than you ever thought possible… but the tools will feel light in your hands.”
The Apple CEO believes that if everyone does something that they like and to be happy with, it can open up for a new job in their lives. On the other way, he also said that everyone will be more hardworking than what they expected.
Continuing onto his speech, Tim Cook tells the story of his transition from Compaq to Apple in 1998.
“In 1998, Steve Jobs convinced me to leave Compaq behind to join a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy. They made computers, but at that moment at least people weren’t interested in buying them.
“Steve had a plan to change things, and I wanted to be a part of it. It wasn’t just about the iMac or the iPod or everything that came after. It was about the values that brought these inventions to life.
“The idea that putting powerful tools in the hands of everyday people helps unleash creativity and move humanity forward. That we can build things that help us imagine a better world. And then make it real.”
This is significant because Cook had to work with the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs to put Apple back together from being a bankrupt company that is falling behind. He discovered that the Mac sales were slow and not as many people were buying them, so he took the important part of Apple first rather than just staying at Compaq. But Cook’s move to Apple made quite a distinctive impact in the company back in 1998.
Last, but not least, Cook said something about Baby Boomers to Generation Z. He says that,
“In some important ways, my generation has failed you in this regard. We spend too much time debating. We’ve been too focused on the fight, and not focused enough on progress.”
All in all, Tim Cook has been doing many speeches at universities every spring. He always motivates the new graduates about life, careers, and humanity. That is why Cook is inspiring others to do what they love, put their mind to the important things first and not focusing too much on debating.