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STEVE JOBS

 
 
 
Listen to the video and complete the text with these verbs in the past: 

decide- say - work - start- do- have- love- 
turn- return- buy- develop- be- get
 
Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots. It  before I  born. My biological mother  a young, unwed graduate student, and she   to put me up for adoption. So my parents, who  on a waiting list, a call in the middle of the night asking: "We  an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They : "Of course." This was the start in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

We   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  just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I  just turned 30. And then I  fired.

I didn't see it then, but it  out that getting fired from Apple  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 and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple  NeXT, I  to Apple, and the technology we   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  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  what I . You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.


Choose the best option:

My third story is about death

Remembering that I'll  soon is the most important tool I've ever  to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

No one  to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.

So you have to trust that the dots will somehow . You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence , even when it leads you off the well worn path and that will make all the difference.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living . Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. I have always wished that for myself. And now, as anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.