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Wonderful Stories and videos October 7, 2011

Posted by heidi skarie in Uncategorized.
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I fell down last Saturday hiking near Lake Superior and broke my left wrist, making typing a challenge, so I am sharing some wonderful videos for this post.  The first one is about an elephant that made me cry, though the video is the happy part of the story.  The second is an amazing story about two unusual friends, a little black cat and an owl, that made me laugh.  The third is a video my friend Ali made in Italy, a humorous video about out-of-body travel.

Above is my husband, Jim, and my son Paul on the trail we were hiking on.

I’m also sharing a story about Steve Jobs who died recently.  He was a remarkable man and started Apple.   I am grateful to Mr. Jobs.  I’ve used Apples exclusively since the first came out.

The  photos are from my hike (before I fell) showing fall color and photos of hawks, taken at Hawk Ridge in Duluth. The hawk are caught, tagged and released in the fall.

Sunrise on Lake Superior












Fall at Lake Superior




























2 elephants reunited after nearly 25 years later. Just remarkable! And absolutely worth the watch….


Elephants Reunited After 20 Years

Here is the video of the cat and owl. Very cute.

Here is the video Alison Wylie made.  Her website is http://www.astral wings.com

And last, the story about Steve Jobs sure to inspire you.

Steve Jobs gave this as his second story of his Commencement Address at Stanford University on June 12, 2005.Steve JovsLove and LossI was lucky. I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation – the Macintosh – a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started?Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me – I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT.I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple.It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.

Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

Steve Jobs

“Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,” read a banner on the company’s website. “Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”  International Business Times



1. Rick Duffy - October 7, 2011

Beautiful Heidi,
Sorry to hear you broke your wrist, wishing you rapid and full healing! Rick

heidi skarie - October 10, 2011

Thank you, Rick.

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