I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting firedfrom Apple was the best thing that could have everhappened to me. The heaviness of being successfulwas replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again,less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one ofthe most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company namedNeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would becomemy wife. Pixar went on to create the world's first computer-animated feature film, Toy Story, andis now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Applebought NeXT, and I retuned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart ofApple'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 awfultasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometime life. Sometimes life hits you in thehead with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that Iloved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for work as it is for yourlovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is todo what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If youhaven't found it yet, keep looking—and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll knowwhen you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. Sokeep looking, don't settle.