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生活小悟: Jobs 在Stanford毕业典礼上的演讲 (续)
You've got to find what you love, Jobs says

 第二个故事,是爱与失去( Love and loss )

   我很幸运,年轻时就知道自己爱做什么。二十岁时,我跟沃兹一起在我家的车库开创了苹果计算机。拼了老命工作,苹果十年内从一间车库,两个年轻小伙子,扩展为 一家员工超过四千人,二十亿美元营业额的公司。在此前一年,我们推出了最棒的作品——Macintosh,而就在我正要踏入人生的第三十个年头,我被开除了。


在这几个月里,我实在不知道如何是好,更觉得令企业界前辈失望了:他们传给我的接力棒,掉了。我找了惠普的创始人 David Packard ,英特尔的 Bob Noyce ,跟他们说我把事情搞砸了,甚至想离开硅谷。但我的想法逐渐变了,我发现我仍然爱着我 曾做过的事业,在苹果的日子一点也没有改变我爱的事。即使人们否决我,可是我还是爱做那些事,所以我决定从头来过。


   接着的五年,我创办了 NeXT ,又开了 Pixar ,也坠入了情网。 Pixar 制作出世界上第一部全计算机动画电影《玩具总动员》,现在已是全球最成功的动画 公司。接着我的人生大转弯,苹果购并 NeXT ,我重回了苹果,而 NeXT 发展的技术更成为反败为胜的关键。同时,我也有了幸福的家庭。


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 company with 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 company with 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. 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.

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.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple'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 awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient 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. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

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