I 've been working since I was 18 and apart from the vacations I take whenever I move to a new job, I have never really taken a break. I couldn't afford to.
I am putting my sister to school since she was in elementary. I pay for her medication because she has a lifelong disease. I bought a house for my parents because we grew up shacking up with relatives. I pay for my family's car and mine. My family relies on me for shopping money, vacation money, and other stuff.
I just couldn't afford to stop.
But there never really was any job that made me totally happy. I know that no job is perfect but none even came close to making me not mind staying until I retire.
I also have other dreams like writing a book, doing a movie, launching a business but I keep on putting it on hold until "I save enough" to not worry.
Before I knew it, I am in my mid 30s and not even close to fulfilling any of my dreams. I am thankful for having all these things that I have, the car, the house, tha vacations... but there's just part of me that wants to be able to pursue my dreams.
Then this morning Steve Jobs resigned. No cause was given but I am thinking it's because he is too weak to continue being the head of Apple or he is really dying.
It made me realize one thing - life it too short.
I am several years away from turning 40 and I am still an employee. My life is still dicated by someone else's schedule. I still get up and work my ass off so someone can tell me I am doing a good job and give me a raise.
Steve Jobs became who he is because he had the balls to pursue his dreams even when people around him rejected him, even when no one was paying attention. He dropped out of school, sold everything he got to fund his own vision, got rejected by almost every company he approached for funding, got fired in the very company he built.
He pursued his dreams.
I know that not every person in the world can be Steve Jobs but those who will be are the ones who dared to become.
I am good at what I do, I know that. I am better than my boss even but here I am, an employee... at 35. No one deserves to get stuck in a life that doesn't make him or her happy.
At some point, we have to say 'fuck it'. At some point we have to try.
Most will fail, some will succeed but the only thing that should matter is that we try.
Steve Jobs' Actual Resignation Letter
To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.
As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.
I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.
I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.