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Road less traveled may be needed route

Road less traveled may be needed route
Road less traveled may be needed route
Dr. Wayne Willis

Steve Jobs, who became the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of Apple Computer, enrolled in college right out of high school. Finding Reed College boring, after six months he dropped out. He never graduated college. College dropout Steve Jobs later wrote, “Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”

What he “stumbled into” was a calligraphy class at Reed. Jobs could see no practical application of calligraphy to his life, then or ever, but he found it intriguing. Ten years later, it would direct his design of the Apple Macintosh, the revolutionary first computer with beautiful typefaces and proportionally spaced fonts. He believed high technology should be artistically appealing, so he gave us seven typefaces and hundreds of fonts from which to choose.

Ryan Holiday, popular speaker and prolific writer, also happens to be a college dropout. He once got so obsessed with a precept that he had it tattooed on his left forearm so he could not but be reminded of it whenever he brushed his teeth or washed his hands. What “The Obstacle Is The Way” meant to him was that what may seem like a detour or a diversion away from the daily chores sometimes leads to something more important than the same ol’ same ol’ plodding along. Paying attention to an “obstacle” may prove more fruitful than punching the clock, just as Jobs taking a calligraphy class eventually meant way more to him than taking a full load of uninspiring courses.

Several months ago, I began an email to a good friend who I knew was deep in thought, “Hope I’m not breaking your train of thought.” He enthusiastically responded, “Thanks for interrupting my day!”

Stay curious. Stay open to roads less traveled.