Tribute to Steve Jobs

I don’t write this to get attention. I actually started crying the other day. I do cry more the older I get though, when I’m happy and sad. I think it is good.

Anyway, a lot of times in my life I have made choices that people have questioned. Why do you have to do that? Is that really necessary? Where would that take you? Thankfully I have been following my own way most of the times, and when I stand here today, almost done with Hyper Island, I feel like I’m on the right track. I’m exactly where I want to be and who I want to be.

All along the way I have sort of known or felt that everything happens for a reason, even the bad stuff, and that everything will come together in the end.

In the past few days overload of Steve Jobs I found this speech he made at the Stanford University a couple of years ago. In the beginning of the speech he started talking about connecting the dots and it made me so happy and relived to hear someone else express this feeling. I wish that everyone who feels a bit lost get the chance to hear this and I hope this philosophy can help them as much as it has helped me.

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

Yesterday I had another really inspiring experience as well. DM13 (I’m in DM12, DM means Digital Media) had a Skype QA with one of the founders of Vimeo, Zach Klein. When at Hyper Island we get the opportunity to talk to great people I always get goosebumps. I feel privileged like I’m part of this amazing world with all these amazing people and that we can do something together and I’m so proud to be a part of it. He said a lot of smart things but I would like to share two.

The first thing is to not be so protective about your ideas. If you talk about your ideas you have a bigger chance to find someone that could help you make that idea come true. People who would only steal your idea only do so because they would never have been able to come up with that idea themselves and therefore they will not be as successful making it come true as you would be. Everybody has different experience and that makes us unique and therefore the idea will be different depending on who implements it. So then there is no competition and you always have a bigger chance than anyone else to success because you are unique.

The second thing he said is that to be a good entrepreneur you have to understand that you are not your company. If the company is a failure you have to remember that the failure happened by many reasons and you will walk away with more experience and knowledge than you had before, but it is not because of your personality. You are not the failure.

Thank you for today! Hope this inspires someone. It really inspires me. I love being inspired.