An Inspiring Story

These three short stories are taken from real life incidents of a famous person's life, Steve Jobs or a 'revolutionary' as the world calls him. Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur and inventor of information technology. He was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California, U.S. He went to Homestead High School, and attended Reed College later on .He was the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Apple Inc., primary investor and CEO of Pixar Animation studios and founder of NeXT Inc. He is known as the pioneer of the personal computer revolution with Steve Wozniak.

The first story is about 'Connecting the Dots'.

Steve Jobs was seventeen when he was first sent to college. He naively chose a college, which was pretty expensive. He had no idea about what he wanted to do with his life or how college was going to help him figure that out. Moreover, his working class parent?s savings were going into his tuition fees. He was guilty about spending all their money, in vain.

After six months, he couldn't see the value in it and so dropped out of it. It was all pretty scary for him at that time, but he decided to trust his intuitions. He could now start taking classes that actually interested him. It wasn't all romantic at once. He didn?t have a dorm room and slept on the floor in one of his friend?s rooms. He used to return coke bottles for deposits to buy food with, and walked miles across the town once every week to have one nice meal at a temple.

His college offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. He decided to join it, without any reasons, just following his heart.  He learned about different typefaces, and about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations. It was all so beautiful to him, in a way that science couldn?t capture. None of this made sense then.

But ten years down the line, when he designed the first Macintosh computers, it all came back to him. He used his calligraphy skills and put them all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful topography. With time, Windows copied Mac and put all the different topographies to another level.  Now imagine, if he never dropped out of college, and never dropped in the calligraphy classes, none of your personal computers would have the wonderful topography that they do.

He could not connect the dots then. All he did was trust his intuitions and follow his heart. Again, the dots can only be connected when you look back. So you have to trust your gut, intuitions, destiny, whatever you may call it.

The second story is about Love and Loss.

He was 20 when he started Apple in his parent's garage. Jobs and his friend Woz worked hard day and night, combining their sweat and blood, making Apple what it is today. Apple had grown into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees working for the company.

As Apple was growing, he decided to hire someone whom he thought was very talented to run the company with him. Things were going good for the first year or so. But as all good things come to an end, this did too. Their visions for the future of the company started diverging, and they eventually decided to split. The Board of Directors didn?t side with Steve and he was chucked out of his own company.

He had just turned 30, and had been fired from his own company. He did not know what to do for a few months. He was a public failure, and even thought about running away from the valley.

And then it struck him, he?s not lost. He still loved what he did. He had been rejected at Apple, but was still in love. So he decided to start over again. He realised that he did not have to cry about his loss, instead be happy about the lightness of being a beginner again. The rejection gave him the strength to enter into the most creative phase of his life. In the next five years, he started another company called NeXT Inc., another company named Pixar. Pixar, whereas went on to make the world?s first computer animated feature film, Toy Story.

A remarkable turn of events happened, and as NeXT grew bigger, Apple bought NeXT. He married and had a beautiful family together. Guess you only need to find what you love. And until you find it, don?t settle, keep looking.

The third story is about Death.

He was seventeen when he read this quote somewhere, "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you will most certainly be right." It made an impression on him, and since then, each day he looks in the mirror and asks himself, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I'm about to do today?" And if the answer would be 'no' for a couple of days in a row, he would know that he needs to change something.

He was 50 when he was first diagnosed with cancer. His scans showed a tumor on his pancreas. He didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told him that it was an incurable kind of cancer, and that he needs to say all his goodbyes soon. He lived with that diagnosis all day, whereas in the evening he had a biopsy. The doctors put a needle into his pancreas and got a few tumor cells. The viewed the cells under the microscope and started crying, because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that could be cured with surgery.

He had a surgery and put cancer down. This is the closest he has been to death and living through it, he could certainly say that death was a useful but purely an intellectual concept.

Not one person in this world wants to die. Yet no one has ever escaped it. Death is a platform that all humans share, it's our final destination. And that is the nature?s process trying to keep everything intact. Removing the old and replacing it with the new. Right now, you might be the new but not too long from now, you will slowly become the old and be cleared away. So it's pointless living someone else's life. Your time is limited. Don't waste all of it worrying about the future.

Because sometimes, the most important thing is to have the courage to follow your heart and intuitions. Listen to your inner voice, and don?t let people's opinions drown out your ideas. That?s how you find your true selves. Everything else is unimportant, secondary.