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Everything Happens for a Reason

July 19, 2005

Filed under: life — Terry Wohlers @ 08:14

These are words from my mother when I was a child and they’ve stuck with me. Over the years, when something very good or bad occurs, I remind myself that it happened for a reason. This was made clear in a recent commencement speech by Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios. He gave the speech last month at Stanford University.

Jobs told the graduates that learning calligraphy, while floundering in college, helped lead to the design of the first Macintosh computer, but he did not know it at the time. He also discussed his devastation from being fired from Apple. Looking back, he believed it was the best thing that could happened to him. “I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did,” Jobs said. He urged the graduates to find what they love and not to settle until they do.

Jobs told how he was diagnosed with an incurable form of pancreatic cancer about a year ago. He later found out that it was a very rare form of cancer that was curable with surgery. The event strengthened his belief that you must live every day as if it is your last. He also said that death is very likely the single best invention of life because it clears out the old to make way for the new.

The text of the speech is very interesting and I recommend that you spend a few minutes reading it. And remember that everything happens for a reason.