When Steve Jobs gave his famous 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech, nearly 23,000 people were packed into Stanford Stadium.
One of the them was Forrest Li.
Forrest remembers the day of the speech, saying “I was fortunate to be among the audience for my wife’s graduation and was deeply moved by Steve’s words”.
He took to heart Jobs’ advice to “Stay hungry, stay foolish and follow your heart”.
Forrest then replayed the video on YouTube every day for months, and now says “It gave me the courage to do what I’m doing now.”
A very keen gamer, Forrest’s dream was to build a successful gaming company.
Inspired by Jobs, Forrest launched his gaming company Garena. The first few years were a bit of a rollercoaster, but in the last six years Forrest’s company has grown annual revenue by over 95% year on year to over $300 million in 2015.
Millions have watched Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech, but how many have followed it like Forrest has and jumped into action?
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As well as being a recognised authority on personal branding and peak performance, Sunil is a critically acclaimed author and blogger. His corporate experience includes roles as Head of Talent on behalf of Vodafone Group, Santander (UK) and Cable & Wireless Europe. Sunil has also run a multi-million pound recruitment business, and is a Non Executive Director. Sunil’s first degree in Sports Science and Psychology fuelled his passion for the psychology of human achievement and well-being. As well as possessing an MBA, he is a qualified Psychotherapist and Executive Coach.
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