Stay Focused


When Steve Jobs, the creator and CEO of Apple Computer, passed away, I learned a lot from him. "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary." Steve Jobs, 2005 Commencement Speech (Read the speech...Have The Courage To Follow Your Heart And Intuition -    Watch at home:

Truly a role model in what you can become if you apply yourself.

In the commencement speech, he spoke of "Connecting the Dots".


This spoke directly to me, and I want to share with you from the heart and a great deal of experience about making decisions at an early age that you can't possibly know how they will impact you. I share with you this not just about my own life, but as I have worked with others for over 20 years in various capacity.


In his speech, Steve said the following quote: "Again, you canít 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 ó your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."


What this means to me is that you can't know the impact of what you in the middle of, until you get down the road and look back. Steve went onto explain that he attended a class that was simple Calligraphy class. He learned what makes great typography. He explained that the time, he no hope it having any practical application my life. But that 10 years later, it went into the design of the first Mac computer making it the first computer with beautiful typography.


About this time of year, there is generally a lot of stress in this class. Mainly because of people procrastinating on their Home Shooting Assignments, or generally behind.


But it has been on the increase in recent years, despite very little change to the curriculum other than improvements generally to help with organization.


Steve ended his commencement speech in 2005 with "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."


My comment to you is..."Stay Focused".


You are the only animal on the plant that can reflect on itís performance. Which means, you can learn from your errors. In all actuality, you learn more from your challenges than you do your successes. So, it is in failing that you are learning. Donít be so quick to quit trying to solve problems. I have three goals for you, in order of importance: 1) Learn to solve problems 2) Learn to manage time effectively 3) Learn to see more clearly.