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Apples Founder Steve Jobs Connecting The Dots By Stacy Poulos

 Apples Founder Steve Jobs Connecting The Dots By Stacy Poulos

It always amazes me the similarities in the journeys of my dyslexic colleagues. I guess I never looked at the fact that I “Dropped Out” of College to pursue my own courses of interests, when the school system held me back for refusing to be tested in areas I had already completed, along with all the prerequisites to get there. I never really quit educating myself. That took a lot of discipline.  I just changed my course of how I was going to get that same education I sought after in the first place; to be a filmmaker. I didn’t go to college, just to do it. Unlike Steve Jobs that didn’t know what he wanted, I knew since I was a kid. I just knew I wasn’t going to get that piece of paper that said that I went through the education. Or to be able to write on a resume BA Filmmaking. “”I”” realized back then, that in the end it was just going to have to be on the merit of my talent and work. That is what I focused on as being truly important. It took moxy to know that, and go against the system and continue for years. But I did it and I’m a award winning director/cinematographer today. Not in a huge way, just in a very respected way. And now I have connected the dots that, that discipline I took on, is what makes me a continued success. It keep rewarding me as I went along. That discipline is what makes me know I have to change with time, and that is what keeps me successful today. As I am always continuing to learn to keep up with technology and apply my old film values and techniques to new technologies.

I love Steve Jobs he’s one of my favorite dyslexic’s because if it wasn’t for “apple” I would have been anti computers, this I know for sure. You must see his speech on our channel.

In Steve Jobs address to Stanford College graduating class of 2005 he spoke about connecting the dots. Where later in life you realize if that one ‘over whelming failure’ in your life at the time, hadn’t happen, he wouldn’t have achieved the same results in life.

Steve Jobs: “I never graduated from college. Truth be told,… … The first story is about connecting the dots. I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

…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 and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, 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…

…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.

…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.”  -Steve Jobs



Link: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html
‘You’ve got to find what you love,’ Jobs says

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

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. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” 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 and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, 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.

My second story is about love and loss.

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. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

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 met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very 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 one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. 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. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my l
ife, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960′s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

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Determination


Determination is like spilled water flowing on a mission, it doesn’tstop until it reaches its goal. It doesn’t always know its being pulledby an invisible force manifested by gravitation, the human spirit. Thedirection isn’t always as relevant as its missions journey that survivesobstacles, because of the compelling pull of gravitation to itsdestiny. A journey that has no end because it resides in the heart andsoul. -Stacy Poulos Author / Life In A Nutshell

Photo “My Favorite Perspective” City Of Refuge, HI; By Stacy Poulos 2008

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My intentions were to inspire A group of dyslexic kids, it turned out they inspired me. Dyslexia TV beginnings.

        

In 1991 I my intentions were to inspire A group of dyslexic kids, it
turned out they inspired me. They changed my goal to from writing A
book about my schooling, to making it my mission to help them
understand the depth of their dyslexia was A blessing in disguise. At
the time I made videos that I would someday make something of for
broadcast. When the web came along in 1998 I produced “Dyslexia TV”
as A sub website of my company “Playback.net”. As I though someday I
would pass away, I wanted my work to carry on – so i can ‘will
Dyslexia TV and FreeThinkers University”. My big idea was to will it
to Oprah because I knew she would carry on the integrity of my intent.

         
                    [Permission slip June 5th, 1991]

When the Dot TV people released ‘.tv’ to the general public I jumped
on the name dyslexia.tv in 2000… “Domain name: dyslexia.tv
Registrant Creation date: 10 Nov 2000 16:42:37″. Of course I had to
pay A premium price –out of my pocket. But I wanted it to be easy
for people to get to it and I am A producer of television and I knew
someday I would be able to put my History of videos on line. I also
need to register Dyslexia TV as A business name so no one else can be
“dyslexia TV”. In January 5th, 2005, I registered. My filing was up
yesterday so I had to re-file and now I’m good again till 2010. I
could use support to help maintain all these issues since someone
else on the web was using my name… representing themselves as
“Dyslexia TV”. Luckily I had these things in place to prove it.

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It is, what is not said, that speaks volumes to my gut, my ears are open to hear what is being held in between lines, I am incapable of seeing for myself as I float around the clouds dreaming. Stacy Poulos

“It is ‘what is not said’ that speaks volumes to my gut, my ears are open to hear what is being held in between lines, I am incapable of seeing for myself as I float around the clouds dreaming” -Stacy Poulos


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A.d.d., O.C.D., conspiracy theorist, with dyslexia

I just got in trouble for leaving the water running… again. When I wash my hands… I use the towel I dry my hand, then, to turn off the water& open the door. Well apparently I got the door open, but didn’t turn off the water. I am a A.d.d., O.C.D., conspiracy theorist, with dyslexia and right now I’m a little more that is distracted than usual. One time, I left my keys in my car door & went to Mexico for a week.

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From a dreamy eyed seven year old with a vision..

I grew up relying on my intuition and my creative release as my daily bread. Photography, writing, faith and living in the moment have been my strongest passions. This is a compilation of moments on that journey. -Stacy Poulos Writer / Photographer / Philosopher / Philanthropist


Onetime, while talking to a friend about photography, she said that her best friend went to “Harrr…vard” and majored in Photography. I replied, “well, I’m a junkyard photographer” and laughed. I wasn’t able to afford to develop film most the time, let alone go to school for it.But as long as I had a camera (even a used camera, which was always the case), film, a journal, a pen, and an excellent cup of coffee, I was rich. (I just couldn’t find my wallet.) Even in my poorest days of scraping up a buck, I always found a way to have these absolute essentials I couldn’t live without.

I humor myself when people ask me what kind of camera I use. I reply with a serious look on my face, holding my hands out mimicking a six-inch box, “I don’t know…it’s about this big?” They either think it’s funny, or they think I’m crazy. I now own over one hundred of them.

Sometimes it’s just how a subject is blessed or kissed by light that compels me to take a photo. It has always been the moment of my emotions and connection with my subjects that demanded my attention. It has always been my fascination with character and the little things in life that made me realize that capturing it on film was important, even at the age of 7.It was just a natural thing for me to do and share once I learned what cameras can do. I had a whole portfolio before the age of 12, not even realizing this might lead to a “career” (whatever that was). I was what I couldn’t spell or pronounce, as my step-dad always liked to remind me: a “Puttographer”. When I realized this, I always wondered when I would be “officially crowned” a photographer. The only official photography education I have had is a 2 week summer class my parents gave me as a gift when I turned 12, along with my own used 35mm Canon QL camera. I’ll never forget that day and the pink box it came in.

Oddly,30 years into being an award-winning “Puttographer” and director, I still pondered when the crowning was going to happen, I guess because photography is so personal to me. It wasn’t until my trip to Europe in2001, when I reached my goal of traveling the world and taking photos,did I finally realize that I had always been a photographer – from the day I felt it was necessary to capture the moment. I’m no Ansel Adams;then again, Ansel Adams is no Stacy Poulos either. That is what I had finally realized. The only thing truly valuable is “intimate value”;the rest is perceived value. It is my therapy and it uplifts my soul especially to share it with others. It is from my heart and the love of my work. It is my gift to the world and my appreciation that the world smiled back at me.

I have no particular photographic niche. I suppose my hallmark is my intimate observations. My photographs are not a perfect rendition of what the technology has to offer, nor is my writing a reflection of proper English. It’s finding the poetry, beauty, humor, character and sometimes the sadness in my journey. This is my core; this is how it all began. When you encounter my art, you are looking at a page in my personal journal. Enjoy. -Stacy Poulos, Junkyard Photographer

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If it’s creative, I’m on it, if its not, I’ll get to it later .much later. Stacy Poulos

“If it’s creative, I’m on it, if its not, I’ll get to it later …much later.” – By Stacy Poulos

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I love your long and imaginative answers where you go all over the place and eventually come back to me and ask me what the question was. But Today I would like to switch it up A little, and have you try to answer my questions with direct, short and preci

I love your long and imaginative answers where you go all over the place and eventually come back to me and ask me what the question was. But Today I would like to switch it up A little, and have you try to answer my questions with direct, short and precise answers. - Stacy Poulos

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