Success Has No Formula

People who tell you that they know how ‘you’ can be successful are wrong.

Steve Jobs at the WWDC 07
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“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.”

Steve Jobs,  From the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

Evidence that the people who follow their dreams and dare to be foolish in the face of unfailing reason are in fact the most successful people. Recent books from Malcolm Gladwell, (The Tipping Point (2000), Blink (2005), Outliers (2008), and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009); Daniel Pink,( A Whole New MindFree Agent NationThe Adventures of Johnny Bunko, and Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.); and Ken Robinson (The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, 2009; Out of Our Minds: Learning to Be Creative. 2001)  each provide volumes of cold hard facts supporting the fact that the people who do what they love, are the most successful humans around, and that none of us succeeds without the help of many, many, caring and loving people along the way.

I strongly encourage you to spend 15 minutes watching and listening to Steve Jobs‘ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address. As Steve steps down from Apple’s helm, now is a good time for all of us to remember that life never turns out like you planned, and that we truly are all in this together.

Bob Hubbard – August 2011


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