Steve Jobs

Although there is no evidence that he was dyslexic, Steve Jobs struggled in school. From his early days in elementary school, where he grew frustrated with formal schooling to college, where he dropped out after just one semester, Jobs did not like school because he didn’t believe it had practical application in his life.

But not finishing his education didn’t stop him from becoming CEO of one of the world’s most innovative technological companies. Jobs used some of what he learned in school to help him create many of his Apple products, but he also used life experience.

Jobs preached that no matter what happens in your life—struggles in school or an unsuccessful career path—every aspect will somehow help you down the road.

“Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards,” Jobs said. “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.”

Jobs gave an inspiring commencement address at Stanford in 2005. You can watch it by playing the bottom video above.

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