Friday, November 07, 2008

Steve Jobs - The Speech

Link for the speech:

Steve Jobs, imperdível!

Stanford Report, June 14, 2005

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered 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, its 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 life, 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 its 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.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

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As cores do outono

Não sei por que razão a mudança das estações me faz parar pra olhar pra vida.
Dentre tantas transformações - algumas até radicais - aqui no Hemisfério Norte, acho que a que mais me encanta é o outono, onde a natureza se recolhe e morre enquando explode em tons de amarelo, alaranjado, vermelho.
Morrer deveria ser cinza.
Pelo menos a gente acha que deveria. Acho que morrer é quando falta ar, falta luz, falta seiva.
Aqui o outono morre em tons vibrantes.
Talvez a gente tenha que tentar entender esta mensagem.

Sting - Watertown 2008

Meu cavaleiro

Ah, as horas que você passa brincando com seus minúsculos Legos, Nicholas...
O tempo parece parar quando eu fico olhando seus dedinhos miúdos procurando as pecinhas certas que vão lhe permitir construir os castelos cheios de personagens e idéias.
Algumas vezes você encara os desafios dos manuais e os segue passo-a-passo, dando conta de esquemas e direções, imagens dos passos que os levarão ao projeto final. Em outras tantas vezes as peças se amontoam e quando eu pergunto no que vai dar você aí me conta uma história, daquelas quase sem fim.
Junto com a montanha de peças vem outra montanha: a de palavras que descrevem o que sua cabecinha ocupada vai planejando enquanto constrói.
Vez ou outra você cantarola ou assobia, dando ainda mais estilo ao que você vai delineando, encaixando, experimentando.
Quero que a vida lhe dê muitas pecinhas, meu filho... e quero que você as saiba arrumar, do seu jeito ou de outros jeitos, mas de um jeito que lhe faça feliz quando o projeto parecer ter ficado pronto.
E se por acaso você não gostar do resultado, sabe o que você faz? Desmonta e começa tudo de novo, nunca se esquecendo que vai sempre ser melhor se você cantarolar!

Amor da minha vida, vou sempre querer que você saiba construir a sua felicidade!

Sempre na torcida,

Sua mãe

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Sobre os dias

Onde o tempo encontra fôlego para sempre nos vencer ao fim de um dia?
Sobram coisas a fazer e o relógio, impiedoso, olha pra gente com seus ponteiros irremediavelmente afiados e sorri.
Sinto que os dias passam por mim sem a certeza de ter passado pelos dias.
Hoje, por conta de um compromisso fora da rotina, não tive que levar Nicholas pra escola. Brian é o encarregado do transporte escolar nesta manhã de outono em que o céu promete ficar azul mas onde o sol não parece se importar muito mais conosco. O sol está indo esquentar outras gentes.
Arrumei tudo para o café da manhã, acordei o Nicholas com zilhões de beijos como de costume, ajudei que se vestisse (hoje é Brewers' Day na escola dele porque nosso time conquistou uma vaga para disputar os Play-offs e está hoje em Philadelphia) e algum tempinho depois os dois vieram se despedir de mim e saíram.
Que sensação estranha é essa de se despedir do Nicholas.
Vê-lo indo a algum lugar com outros alguéns diferentes de mim é algo que mexe comigo, principalmente quando se trata de um mero item da rotina que a gente tem todos os dias.
Os filhos crescem.
Muita gente pode achar que seja cedo para eu estar me preocupando com tudo isso, mas é fato: eles crescem rápido demais, como se aprendessem o segredo do relógio apressado sem nos contar.
Nicholas é meu amigo, meu moleque mais que esperto, alguém com quem converso sobre coisas muito legais!
Hoje a manhã não vai ter a melodia das músicas que ouvimos juntos no carro.
Hoje vou cantar sozinha.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Não tem muito a cara dele e muito menos a cara de mais ninguém por aqui, mas fato é: Nicholas começa a participar da Liga Mirim de Futebol no dia 12 de julho. No que vai dar nenhum de nós sabe, mas ele está entusiasmado. Não teve graça nenhuma o que eu paguei por chuteiras, caneleiras e dois jogos de uniforme... mas faz parte, né?
Pra ficar ainda mais complicado, ele chuta com a esquerda sem ser canhoto.
Vamos ver onde tudo isso chega. Como a tia dele mesmo disse, com roupa de futebol ele fica ainda mais brasileiro!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Poema de menino

Era uma noite como qualquer outra.
Enquanto assistíamos TV, Nicholas rabiscava nuns papéis, dizendo que estava compondo uma música.
As notas musicais se seguiam. Na cabeça dele, faziam sentido, enquanto ele cantarolava a melodia.
Não satisfeito com isso, resolveu que faria a letra e escreveu:

VRSES (Leia-se "verses")

Logo abaixo, ele escreveu:

"You can't be
The only one
on Earth but
you can be
even if you are

Não sei exatamente a origem da inspiração, mas se aos cinco anos ele anda "poetando" deste jeito, o que será que me espera?