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told three stories about his life.
story was about "connecting the dots". When he was 17, he went to college. After
six months, he decided to drop out and he decided to take the calligraphy class.
It was quite useless, but if he didn't took that class, the computers wouldn't
have had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. That story showed
how you can't connect the dots looking forward; so you have to trust in something
- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever; that the dots will somehow connect
in your future.
story was about love and loss. When he was 30, he got fired from the Apple, the
company he founded. For months he didn't know what to do with his own life, and
thought to left the valley; but somehow he decided to start over. He founded
the NeXT and Pixar and fell in love with a woman who would have become his wife. In a
remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, he returned to Apple, and the
technology they developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current
renaissance. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. The
only thing that kept me going was that he loved what he did. Your work is going
to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to
do what you believe is great work. And theonly way to do great work is to love
what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.
story was about death. An year before, he was diagnosed with cancer. He had a
biopsy and doctors found that the cancer turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic
cancer that is curable with surgery. He said that no one wants to die; and yet
death is the destination we all share; no one has ever escaped it. And that is
as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of
When he was
young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which
was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along:
it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions. On the back
cover of their final issue were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay
Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Steve Jobs
ended his speech with these words: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.