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Steve Jobs boldly went his own way

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Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs gave a masterful commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005 that’s been winging around the Internet. Here are the highlights from Jobs’ three stories:
  1. Connect the dots … later. Jobs’ adoptive parents didn’t have much money, but his birth mother insisted that they send young Steve to college.

    After he’d enrolled in an expensive private college, Jobs decided that he was wasting his parents’ money and dropped out. Then, he “dropped in,” monitoring courses while sleeping on the floor in his friends’ rooms, eating only one square meal a week but taking the courses he wanted to.

    One of the courses: calligraphy, which might seem frivolous. But when Jobs developed the first Apple computer, he insisted on beautiful typography. And, since Microsoft used the Macintosh as its model, computers use elegant typefaces today.

  2. Never give up. After unleashing his finest creation at Apple—the Mac—Jobs lost his job. Devastated, Jobs felt like a failure. He even thought about leaving Silicon Valley.

    But Jobs realized that he loved his work, so he decided to start over. Without Apple taking up all his time and energy, Jobs started two companies, NeXT and Pixar, which eventually merged into Apple and accomplished breakthroughs in both computers and media. Being fired turned out to be a good thing for Jobs.

  3. Life is short; live boldly. Since his teens, Jobs has tried to live each day as though it were his last. Remembering that he’ll be dead someday is the most important tool Jobs has found to help him make big decisions.

    A couple of years ago, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer: normally, a fast and fatal disease. Later that day, Jobs underwent a biopsy. When the doctors examined the sample, they started crying when they realized that Jobs’ cancer was a rare form that they could cure.

    Jobs is fine now, and his philosophy still holds.
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