Job’s failure was very public. And he thought about getting out of Silicon Valley altogether. But then something happened. It began to dawn on him that he still loved what he did. And so he decided to start all over again.
“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 went on to found two more successful companies, met his wife, and started a family.
“I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was an awful-tasting medicine. But I guess I 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.”
Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume 5 (2007).