"...Getting fired... was the best thing that could have ever happened to me."


Bountiful, Utah
June 2, 2011

Limbo

I am still waiting. It's hard to do 'nothing' all day long. Though I'm not doing "nothing," if feels like if I am because I am not getting paid. Getting paid is what keeps the ball rolling.
So I am 'still.'

But I am not worried, I always remember that scripture that says, "Be Still and Know that I Am God"
(Psalm 46:10)

So the wait continues.


Commencement speech
I feel like I am in limbo. (I want to get a job!!!) Talking about "Job," I am reading more again, today I came across Steve Job's famous 2005 speech at Stanford University.

Steve's life at Apple Inc., the computer company he co-founded decades ago, rescued from near-disaster in the 90s, and has turned into a consumer electronics juggernaut this decade, changing the music and mobile industries forever."

In his speech He talked about his life as a college droput, his entrepreneurship, and his battle with cancer.
The speech was pretty cool. I will post here the parts I liked the most but if you want to read all the Stanford Commencement speech click here. Or... watch the video:
Here's the video:





And here is some of Steve advice:
Trust in something...

"I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months... 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...
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."

Find what you love...

"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.
And 10 years later I got fired... [from a company I started started]?
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 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 [be] the most successful animation studio in the world.
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."

Don't settle...

"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."
Die...
"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. 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 Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.

Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

"When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation.
On the back cover of their final issue... were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."
--Steve Job

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-life-and-awesomeness-of-steve-jobs-2009-6#ixzz1OAHFjNzC

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