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January 29, 2009


Tiffany Liu

I know you chose the Subject Title from Steve Job's speech. So appropriate. Reinforces the key message for risk takers and dreamers and achievers. Thanks
"you can't 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--your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever--because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference." Steve at Stanford Graduation 2004.


There is a fourth stage.

Once you become well known, people will come to talk to you in all kinds of weird places including rest room and look forward to shaking hands with you even before you have washed them. Such is an irony of fate.

So True. Seen it first hand.


In 2005, I got to know The Alchemist in your class. Very inspiration book. As it said in the book-- If you want something to happen, the whole universe cospires so your wish comes true.

Made big impression and change my life.


To follow personal legend, one must know what it is. that is the problem.

micro CEO

I haven't read this book but it does sound very interesting. The personal journey theme, sounds like something similar to other books of universal quality, like Oddessy or Don Qixote. I hope I get a chance to read it.

One quote (or paraphrase?) in the review that caught my attention was this :
"...those who do not have the courage to follow their " Personal Myth", are doomed to a life of emptiness, misery, and unfulfillment. Fear of failure seems to be the greatest obstacle to happiness."

Many including myself may read this and think, which side of the fence am I on? Probably not the romantic "Personal Myth" side... not most days. Yet, on the other hand, I sometimes think that as we grow up and support a family with kids, we must "trade in" a portion of this personal dream for something more practical and stable. Some who do not choose to make such a compromise do end up successful (Steve Jobs, e.g.?) but haven't necessarily been the best parents to their children? And of course this leads to the core dilemma of success vs. happiness.

A lot of data in USA like avg. number of millionaires per million (maybe not this year!) or average standard of living, would lead one to believe that Americans tend to be good at becoming successful (in business). Yet high divorce rate, violence, crime, spiteful litigation, etc. might indicate that average happiness (personal satisfaction) level may be relatively low.

Last year I read about one survey that found Denmark to be the nation of people that were happiest in the world. ( )

This despite a punishing tax rate that averages 50% and can go up to over 100%(!) for the richest folks. (And if the rich are willing to pay more than 100% of income in tax every year, they must be pretty happy people! ;-)

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