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My second story !!

My second story is about
love and loss. I was lucky – I found
what I loved to do early in
life. Woz and 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. How can you get
fired from a company you
started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone
who I thought was very
talented to run the
company with me, and for
the first year or so things
went well. But then our visions of the future began
to diverge and eventually
we had a falling out. When
we did, our Board of
Directors sided with him.
So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What
had been the focus of my
entire adult life was gone,
and it was devastating. 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. The turn
of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had
been rejected, but I was
still in love. 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, and
fell in love with an
amazing woman who would become my wife.
Pixar went on to create
the worlds first computer
animated feature film, Toy
Story, and is now the
most successful animation studio in the world. In a
remarkable turn of events,
Apple bought NeXT, I
returned to Apple, and the
technology we developed
at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current
renaissance. And Laurene
and I have a wonderful
family together. I’m pretty sure none of
this would have happened
if I hadn’t been fired from
Apple. It was awful
tasting medicine, but I
guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you
in the head with a brick.
Don’t lose faith. I’m
convinced that the only
thing that kept me going
was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find
what you love. And that
is as true for your work as
it is for your lovers. 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
the only way to do great
work is to love what you
do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t
settle. As with all matters
of the heart, you’ll know
when you find it. And,
like any great relationship,
it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
So keep looking until you
find it. Don’t settle.

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