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A life lesson by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs spoke at Stanford in 2005, this is a part of his speech that truly is a great reflection on life. Delivered by a man that was no doubt a genius. Here is a story he shared.

Connecting the dots.

“I dropped out of college. Why? 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. 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 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.”

If we all stopped for a moment and reflected on these words of Steve Jobs, we would all be in such better places, living with few or no regrets.


Some important Life Lessons to attain happiness

happy peopleYour personal approach to your professional and financial matters, as well as your way of dealing with your own problems, will take you to even higher heights than any amount of knowledge can.

So here are some points to help you on your journey.

1. Know that  what you focus your mind on grows bigger.
2. Don’t take things personally.
3. Express gratitude — daily.
4.  Stand up for yourself but don’t act entitled.
5.  Ask for 100% of what you want from 100% of people 100% of the time.
6. Learn to like rejection.
7. Recognize that money gives you freedom.
8. Always negotiate.
9. Start investing early.
10. Do one thing at a time.
11. Accept and enjoy where you are right now.
12. Get a regular dose of nature.
13. Sweep your side of the street.
14. Know that people who talk about other people behind their backs are also talking about you behind yours.These people aren’t real friends. The world has plenty of
non-gossips from among whom you can choose true friends.
15. Don’t hold a grudge.
16. Always put in your best effort, so that you never have regrets or wonder ‘what if.’
17.  Lasting change in life starts with daily habits.
18. Ask yourself, “Will this matter in a year?”
19. Treat others with kindness and understanding.
20. Know that  how you use your mind is in your power.

Every moment, you must realize you have a choice as to how to use your mind, and that, gives you control over the course of your life.