Steve Jobs: How to Live Before you Die

80_Steve-Jobs_Int_USWhen you walk into an Apple store, you may get the feeling that Steve Jobs has the perfect life. People stand in line waiting for the store to open each day. When a new gadget is about to be released, Apple lovers go wild. It didn’t start out that way for Steve Jobs. As you and your students will learn in ESL Library’s Famous People lesson on Steve Jobs, Apple’s longterm CEO faced rejection more than one time in life. For instance, you might be interested to learn that Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College and did not graduate. You can learn more about this by taking a look at this interesting guide that answers common questions such as ‘did steve jobs go to college?‘ and much more. Despite several potential roadblocks along the way, Steve Jobs continued to come out on top, and Apple was recently announced as the most valuable company in America. This should give everyone some motivation. Even one of the most successful people in the world saw many challenges, however, he stayed resilient and determined to make something of himself. No matter how old you are, it’s never too late to embark on an entrepreneurial journey. With the example of Steve Jobs and the examples on the website which shows some great entrepreneurs, people of all ages should feel inspired to create an innovate product that could help them become one of the most successful entrepreneurs on earth. Starting a business at a later age shouldn’t put anyone off. Many business owners often find that they need to start recruiting more people to help them keep the business running soon after starting. If you find the right product, your business will be more likely to take off. If it does, your business might benefit from more workers. When employing new recruits, it’s always a good idea to provide a detailed employee handbook for them to learn the ins and outs of the business. Employee handbooks are really beneficial for new staff, they can help them settle in much quicker, ensuring they know exactly what to do. With more employees, businesses can continue to grow and progress on to bigger things.

What is Steve Jobs’ secret to success? This video How to Live Before you Die offers some excellent clues for any human who wants to live an authentic life.

Before showing the video, ask your students what they know about Steve Jobs. Why is Steve Jobs in the news this week?

“I’d been rejected, but I was still in love.” Steve Jobs on being a beginner again, after being fired from his own company.

Here are some ideas to get the conversation started after showing the video:

  • “Sometimes life is going to hit you on the head with a brick.” Do you agree with Steve Jobs’ statement? Has it happened to you.
  • What does Steve Jobs mean by “don’t settle”?
  • What do the words “curiosity” and “intuition” mean?
  • What does “stay hungry, stay foolish” mean?
  • What is the most important tool Steve Jobs has?
  • If today were the last day of your life, would you want to live it?
  • Will Apple be okay without Steve Jobs as CEO?

If your students enjoy talking about Steve Jobs, why not try our Famous People lesson plan on this topic? It includes a reading, comprehension questions, vocabulary review and discussion topics. Go to this lesson.


While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion or debate, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.

Related Lessons in the ESL-Library
Famous People: Steve Jobs (intermediate)
Famous People: Steve Jobs (beginner)
Famous People: Bill Gates (intermediate)
Mini Debates: Cell Phones in Class (intermediate)


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  1. Diaa Atef Attia says:

    Apr 05, 2015 at 12:41 pm

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  2. Zümrüt Çimeli says:

    Dec 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Hi, I’m an ELT teacher down here ,in Turkey and so much into “thinking different !”,,,

    thanks , great resources here!

    surprised to see (because so rare thing that most of Turkish students,with their very limited circumstances/conditions for learning English thus ending up with limited language skills, entirely out of their personal interest having no obliged homework etc.,get to know so much about and understand and appreciate a foreign personality ,Steve Jobs has become a role-model to most of my best students,though already for me too in times of despair when all doors get closed on my face…

    So this topic is welcomed with uproar in my classes ! looking forward to the next ones , greetings.

    • ESL Library Staff says:

      Dec 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Great to hear! You’ll find lots of interesting topics in our library. Check out the Discussion Starters section. I think your students will appreciate some of the topics.

  3. Skype English Lesson says:

    Sep 04, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Steve jobs is an incredible man. very inspiring story.

    Also, I am a subscriber to ESL-library. I’m an ESL teacher here in Japan and online. Great resources. ThankS!

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