One of the greatest things ever started in a garage was not a car at all… but rather a vehicle built to challenge the status quo – again and again. When it began, Apple Computer, was a two man company launched in the garage of Steve Jobs’ parents’ home. We all know the Company and the man behind it, but back then it was just the dream of a young college dropout beginning the journey of his life.
In his 2005 commencement address to the graduating class of Stanford, Jobs tells the story of how he was given up for adoption by his young, unwed college student mother. His parents promised the young mother that her son would one day attend college. And 17 years later he did indeed go to college, only to find that he didn’t have a clue what he wanted to do with his life and felt that the expense of school was a drain on his parents’ life savings – so his journey took a turn and he dropped out. It was a scary move, but looking back he says it was one of the best decisions he ever made. For him, dropping out did not mean leaving, it meant being free to drop in all the classes he found interesting and skip out on the ones he didn’t. One of these classes was a calligraphy class that fed his love for beautiful typography, which influenced the function of the first Apple computer. It was through this open journey that he discovered “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” and explore the path they will lead you to.
The next portion of his journey led him through the growth of startup to a $2 Billion company by the time he was 30 years old. Then, life took another turn when he was fired from the very company he started. At first he was devastated, but it turned out to be just what he needed to open up his abilities once again. The weight of success was replaced with the rush of creative drive. Over the next five years he started two great companies and fell in love with his future wife; which he’s pretty sure would have never happened if he had not been fired from Apple.
Throughout all the lane changes, the one thing Steve held onto was a love for what he did; “You’ve got to find what you love. 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.”
Choose your adventure.