No Degree…Great Job!?

“…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.“ This is what Steve Jobs and it made him one of the most successful people in the world. Also he is one of the few people in the world who does not have a college degree, but has a high paying job.  His job is none other than being the CEO of Apple Computers; a multinational corporation that designs and markets consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers.  He visited Stanford University the other day with an uncanny speech that consisted of three stories from his life.  Within each a valuable lesson was taught to the audience. The first story was about when he decided to drop out of college.  He did not know what to do with his life and did not feel like wasting his parents hard earned money anymore so he made the decision that was best. He told the audience that it was a frightening experience but in the long run the best decision he ever made.  He then went into detail about how hard it was to stay on campus without actually being a student. “It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in my friends rooms,…”.  Not being a normal student he got to drop in on many other classes that interested him; one of which was a calligraphy class. He tied his learning of calligraphy into his creation of the first Macintosh computer “It was the first computer with beautiful typography”.  That experience helped him design an amazing computer. His second story was about how he and his friend Woz started Apple out of their garage and in ten years turned it into a 2 billion dollar company.  Then he was fired from the company he helped create, “What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.”. He didn’t take it to well at first, but soon saw it as a chance to start over from the beginning.  He soon founded two more successful companies by the names of NeXT and Pixar. Pixar would go on to create Toy Story the world’s first computer animated feature and NeXT would be bought by Apple thus bringing him back to the company he created. That experience helped him learn to not settle and keep rolling. The last story was about death. He stated that he lived everyday like it was his last. If he didn’t like what he was doing when he woke up in the morning then he would change things. About a year ago he was diagnosed with cancer and was told he didn’t have long to live. He spent most of that day thinking he was to die soon, but later that evening a biopsy showed his cancer to be treatable. “ That was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades.” This experience helped him learn how short life is and how people should live life like it’s their own.  People already know what they truly want to become no matter what others say.

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