Steve Jobs: My three life changing stories

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered a speech addressing students at Stanford University on June 12, 2005. In this speech he pointed out three stories related to his life that are responsible for what he is today. I watched this videos a few days ago and I liked it very much and I want that everyone who visit Wallstreet Developer and still not watched this video and they should really watch it now and share it with as many peoples as you can as it worth sharing.

Story 1 : Connecting the Dots.

Steve Jobs was a dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then he stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before he really quit. He said “It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting”.

During his dropout period he decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do that. He learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great, and that they designed it all into the Mac. Steve Jobs said “Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later”.

Story 2 : Love and loss.

According to Steve Jobs : ” I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did and so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar.

Story 3 : Fear of Death.

Regarding this story Steve Jobs said: 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.

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