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Stay hungry ! Stay foolish !!

I hope this post, very personal and inspirational speech by Steve Jobs in 2005 will inspire u.

The first story is about
connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed
College after the first 6
months, but then stayed
around as a drop-in for
another 18 months or so
before I really quit. So why did I drop out? It started before I was
born. My biological mother
was a young, unwed
college graduate student,
and she decided to put me
up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I
should be adopted by
college graduates, so
everything was all set for
me to be adopted at birth
by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I
popped out they decided
at the last minute that
they really wanted a girl.
So my parents, who were
on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night
asking: “We have an
unexpected baby boy; do
you want him?” They said:
“Of course.” My biological
mother later found out that my mother had never
graduated from college
and that my father had
never graduated from
high school. She refused to
sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a
few months later when
my parents promised that
I would someday go to
college. And 17 years later I did go
to college. But I naively
chose a college that was
almost as expensive as
Stanford, and all of my
working-class parents’ savings were being spent
on my college tuition.
After six months, I
couldn’t see the value in it.
I had no idea what I
wanted to do with my life and no idea how college
was going to help me
figure it out. And here I
was spending all of the
money my parents had
saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and
trust that it would all
work out OK. 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. It wasn’t all romantic. I
didn’t have a dorm room,
so I slept on the floor in
friends’ rooms, I returned
coke bottles for the 5¢
deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7
miles across town every
Sunday night to get one
good meal a week at the
Hare Krishna temple. I
loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by
following my curiosity
and intuition turned out to
be priceless later on. Let
me give you one example: Reed College at that time
offered perhaps the best
calligraphy instruction in
the country. Throughout
the campus every poster,
every label on every drawer, was beautifully
hand calligraphed. Because
I had dropped out and
didn’t have to take the
normal classes, I decided to
take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I
learned about serif and san
serif typefaces, about
varying the amount of
space between different
letter combinations, about what makes great
typography great. It was
beautiful, historical,
artistically subtle in a way
that science can’t capture,
and I found it fascinating. None of this had even a
hope of any practical
application in my life. But
ten years later, when we
were designing the first
Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we
designed it all into the Mac.
It was the first computer
with beautiful
typography. If I had
never dropped in on that single course in college, the
Mac would have never had
multiple typefaces or
proportionally spaced
fonts. And since Windows
just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal
computer would have
them. If I had never
dropped out, I would have
never dropped in on this
calligraphy class, and personal computers might
not have the wonderful
typography that they do.
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. Again, you can’t connect
the dots looking forward;
you can only connect them
looking backwards. So
you have to trust that the
dots will somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in
something – your gut,
destiny, life, karma,
whatever. This approach
has never let me down, and it has made all the
difference in my life.


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