“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” – Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs at a Stanford commencement speech said that giving this speech the students was the closest thing he came to graduating college. He’s never finished college. He recalls that the working class savings that his parents had made their entire life was being spent on his tuition on a college that was as expensive as Stanford. After 6 months, he couldn’t see the value in it and dropped out. Not knowing where to go in life, he decided to take a class in calligraphy. He, however, didn’t see any practical application for it in his life.
Ten years later, they were designing the first Macintosh computer, and it all came back to him. He used the ideas that he had learned in the calligraphy class, including the different types of typography, and put it in the Mac. It was the first computer to have beautiful typography, which has affected the different types of typography that we use today. If he had never dropped out in collage, he would have never taken that calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do today.
Sometimes when we’re trying to reach a goal, it’s impossible to connect the dots where we currently are. Just like when I start a new job, I don’t know what challenges I will need to face and how long the job will last. Somehow you just have to trust in yourself, and have faith that you will reach your dreams, despite not having the slightest clue or the perfect layout to where you are going. No one can connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them when you’re looking back. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future. Trusting yourself is the first step towards feeling inspired and having the motivation to move forward.