God always has your back
Congratulations, graduates! I’m going to borrow from the commencement address given by Steve Jobs at Stanford University on June 12, 2005.
“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. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then, I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But, then, our visions of the future began to diverge, and eventually, we had a falling out. When we did, our board of directors sided with him. So at 30, I was out.
I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down — that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I was a public failure, and 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. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
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