Steve Jobs, co creator of Apple, passed away this week. Left behind is an incredible story of following a passion and inventing something beautiful. The success of Steve Jobs was immense, as he has changed the way our world interacts and lives. How he started is what remains so prominent in my mind. Steve Jobs never went to college. He dropped out, just like everyone says not to do. He took classes and learned about things that were of interest to him, just like the conventional crowd would suggest to be careful and to not do. If you listen you may hear the parents and relatives and co-workers who think they know best, don’t follow a passion, instead you should do something that will get you employed and will provide a safe job.

Steve Jobs recounted the story of his brief college experience: at seventeen years old, he enrolled in college and then dropped out six months later. He recalled that “All of my working class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After 6 months I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure that out.”

“Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take normal classes,” Jobs recalled, “I decided to take a calligraphy class…I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle…and I found it fascinating.” At the time, he thought that his interest was just in fun, without “even a hope of any practical application in my life.” But it turned out differently, with world-transforming consequences. “When we were designing the first Macintosh computer, [what I learned in that class] all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac.” He added that, since Windows copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have the elegant typography that they all now share if Jobs had not dropped in on that college calligraphy class during his free time of intellectual soul-searching. “Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”

Steve Jobs leaves behind his technologies that have changed our world as well as the image of a role model. He exemplifies how we should follow our passions and do something different.  He demonstrates how crucial it is to fill your life with interesting, thought provoking, and enthralling hobbies; who knows it could turn into a very fulfilling job.


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