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First you’re ‘crazy’.. then you’re GREAT

Posted in Business, Cellphone University, For Entreprenuers Only, Motivational with tags , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2013 by HaZiQ aLi

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Not a couple.. not a few.. but EVERYone you consider great, was first considered crazy. Chicken Soup for the Soul creator Mark Victor Hansen was turned down by 144 publishers before going on to sell 500million+ books as the best-selling book series ever. Jay Z was FORCED into greatness by being turned down by every record label that could’ve signed him. Michael Jordan made the decision to begin practicing like his life depended on it only AFTER he was famously cut from his team in grade school..

The point is- most are scared to fail because they don’t realise THOSE are the blessings we should be thankful for. When they consider you crazy- consider it a compliment.

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Commencement: Some wisdom from Steve Jobs

Posted in Motivational with tags , on November 25, 2011 by HaZiQ aLi

Rest well.You changed the world.

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. 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.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
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