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Steve Jobs as said in graduation: do what you love

Updated on December 19, 2011
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Steve Jobs says -Do what you love to do in life

Steve Jobs is known for his phenomenal products. From the Apple Macintosh computers, the iPhone , the iPod , the iPad and Pixar Animation Studios , the animation company that brought us the hit movie Toy story. Steve Jobs' life is an enthralling tale of living your dream. Steve Jobs was adopted at an early age, his life was certainly no bed of roses but he managed to overcome the challenges he faced and become a visionary businessman.

Steve Job's life

Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College after the first six months graduated. His mother was a young unwed graduate student. She decided to put him up for adoption. His mother wanted him to be adopted by foster parents who had graduated from college. The first couple on the list wanted a girl child so they pulled out. On the waiting list were Steve Job's parents to be. When his biological mother found out that they had not been to college, she refused to sign the adoption papers, only relenting a few months later.

Finding what he loved to do and the sacrifice made

Steve Jobs had no idea what to do with his life, he loved calligraphy and pursued this by dropping in on the calligraphy classes. This had no immediate practical application in his life. Ten years later it all paid off as he applied it when designing the first Macintosh computer. Apple had and still has the most beautiful fonts (Compared to Windows who jumped on board later.) His lesson from this was that, you couldn't connect the dots looking forward. You can only do so looking back. If he had not dropped out of College and taken the Calligraphy classes he took, Mac would not have the beautiful typography it has today-Windows too since they copied the Mac. In his own words while speaking at the graduation at Stanford University "Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart."

Returning coke bottles for the five-cent deposit to buy food with. He did not have a dorm so he slept on the floor in friend's rooms. He walked seven miles every Sunday night for one good free meal at the Krishna temple.

Love and Loss

At 30, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple after differences arose in the team's vision of the future. His life work and dream was lost just at the moment when it was taking off. Steve Jobs had lost out in a fine creation-the Apple Macintosh. He went on to create Pixar Animation Studios, which is now one of the leading Computer Animation studios in the world. He also started a company called neXt. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought it and Steve Jobs was back at Apple. All these developments would not have happened had he not been fired from Apple in the first place. What kept him going was the fact that he loved what he did. Quoting again from his speech at Stanford University Graduation ceremony, "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."


When he was 17 years old, Steve Jobs read a quote that said "If you live each day as if it were your last, someday you will certainly be right." This led him to set his priorities according to whether or not he was doing what he would like to do had each day he faced been his last.

Do what you love to do and you will be a happy and successful person. Remembering that we are all going to die someday gives us a better, more practical perspective, which focuses on the things we truly love.

Follow your dreams, fear nothing, do what you love to do.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @jeyaramd . I agree with you. The only think I find hard to swallow is the fact that he was such a mean person when he wanted to be. Thanks for passing by

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      jeyaramd 6 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

      Steve Jobs was a marketing magnet. In his autobiography, when asked what his marketing plan was. He said, we don't ask what is wanted, but rather, we show them what they want. That struck a cord with me. Just beautiful. He was a dynamic personality. Much of Apple's success should be attributed to Steve Jobs. Great hub.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      @Buzzbee.That's right. His speech is so profound. Thanks for passing by

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      Buzzbee 6 years ago from The County of the Winkies in Oz

      It is a hard fact to face, (our mortality) but as Jobs said, if you do you will live a more meaningful life.