you can only connect them looking backwards.
So you have to trust that the dots will somehowconnect 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 companywith 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 companywith 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.
我和创办惠普的David Pack、创办Intel的Bob Noyce见面，并试图向他们道歉。
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.