Inspirational Quotes: Work Towards Making yourself a Better Person
Great people are not created overnight. When we are all born, none of us can even speak. How does an infant become someone who can change the world?
Even when we feel like we are at the peak of an extraordinary accomplishment, a terrifying valley can be waiting for us ahead. What if you started a company in your garage, turned it into a $2 billion corporation, and then got fired from your own company? This is exactly what happened to Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford, he called his firing a “devastating” experience. Jobs felt like he had let down an entire generation of entrepreneurs. Unlike most of our failures, Jobs’ departure was widely reported. It was a very public event, and it was humiliating. He said, “I really didn’t know what to do for a few months.”
Sometimes, it takes a lot of suffering before a legendary leader emerges. Jobs wasn’t fired for no reason. He was far from perfect. The next period of his life was defined by growth and personal transformation. He said, “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.” Jobs founded a new company, NeXT. Eventually, Apple purchased NeXT, and Jobs returned to Apple.
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