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All of us are already familiar with the life of certain celebrities who decided to skip college and commit to a career that eventually made them famous. Some of these examples are Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, etc. This, of course, does not mean that after reading this text you should rush to leave your university. On the contrary, these are just tips that can be helpful in whatever life cycle you currently are.

5 Things Famous University Dropouts Taught Us

Follow your dream

You got into a certain college because that move was expected of you or you simply thought that you can find happiness in doing a certain profession. If you happen to realize that this college and future job are not for you, you can always take a step back. This is the time to clearly analyze the situation as well as your own wishes and preferences. Focus on something that fulfils you. By doing so, you can find a completely new career that would suit you the best and change colleges. In case you’re still not ready to choose and accept that you need and deserve some more time, it’s perfectly fine to dedicate yourself to a hobby and redirect your talents to whatever feels comfortable even if it doesn’t seem profitable in the beginning.

Listen to your inner voice

Be persistent even when your immediate surroundings aren’t. Nobody got rich overnight. Work hard to achieve the goal you want. This clearly defined goal can be your secret strength and power when your enthusiasm fails you or when negative thoughts such as finding no perspective in what you do occupy your mind. If you feel it right in your gut, you’ve definitely made a right choice.

Believe in yourself

Be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and use them both to your advantage. Believing in yourself doesn’t mean that you have to negate your whole personality to make room for positive traits only.  Actually, if you’re aware of your weaknesses you can make an effort to overcome them and be wary of them. Also, don’t be modest with your personal virtues. Use everything you’ve got as an advantage over the competition.

Improve yourself


Improve yourself constantly

No one is born with the entire world’s knowledge. Just because you’ve decided that sitting in the university lectures is not for you doesn’t mean that you should give up studying. Quite the opposite. Take up a course in the area of your personal interest. That way you can meet like-minded people who can help and direct you. Also, this is a much faster way to obtain a certificate which can serve as a springboard for your future career advancement.

Do not waste time on insignificant details

You must have noticed that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg always dress the same. They decided that spending time picking clothes is only going to waste when they can use this time wisely and do something constructive at their job. If you have your own small business do both of you a favor – wear branded promotional T-shirts that you use as a promotional gift. That way you won’t have to worry about your outfit and will do some smart advertising at the same time. Be practical and don’t let little things distract you from the desired goal.

Learn to listen to your needs. If you feel constrained and stressed dare to take a step out of the comfort zone. No one knows better than you what you need at any given time. Be brave and bold. If you don’t try to move, you increase the risk of depression. Do what it takes to get up in the morning with a big smile and in good spirits. Change yourself and your environment in a positive way and be an example to others that anything is possible.

According to a new book due to be released this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook offered a part of his liver to a dying Steve Jobs.

Becoming Steve Jobs excerpts of which have been published online throws light on life inside Apple as it grew into one of the world’s most powerful technology companies.

The book also charts the relationship between Tim Cook and Steve Jobs.

According to the book, Steve Jobs angrily turned down Tim Cook’s offer.

In 2004, Steve Jobs announced that he was suffering from pancreatic cancer and by 2009, the Apple chief executive was very ill, unable to come into the office and waiting for a liver transplant.

Tim Cook regularly visited Steve Jobs at home and after one visit he “left the house feeling so upset that he had his own blood tested”, according to excerpts published by Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli, who co-authored the book.Tim Cook offered liver to Steve Jobs

Fellow author Brent Schlender is a journalist who interviewed Steve Jobs several times throughout his life.

Tim Cook found out that he, like Steve Jobs, had a rare blood type, and guessed that it might be the same.

According to the book, Tim Cook went through a series of tests and discovered that a partial liver transplant was feasible.

When he shared the news with Steve Jobs, the dying Apple boss reacted angrily, according to the book.

“He cut me off at the legs, almost before the words were out of my mouth,” an excerpt says.

“<<No>>, he said. <<I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that>>.”

“Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them,” Tim Cook added.

Steve Jobs did go on to have a liver transplant, in March 2009.

He resigned as Apple chief executive in August 2011 and died in October at the age of 56.

The book also reveals that Steve Jobs contemplated buying Yahoo as a way for Apple to get into the search business.

Parts of the new book contradict an earlier biography written by Walter Isaacson. In that book Walter Isaacson claims that Apple was contemplating creating a television – but according to Becoming Steve Jobs, the Apple founder had little interest in this.

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A time capsule buried by Steve Jobs twenty years ago has been discovered after its location was long forgotten.

In 1983, Steve Jobs was attending a conference in Aspen when he and the group decided to bury as a stunt during a design convention.

The tube that was filled with an eclectic collection of goods- ranging from the then-new apple mouse to a six-pack of beer for the people who discovered the time capsule- was meant to be dug up twenty years later.

There was a problem with that plan, however, as everyone involved forgot where it was buried.

The time capsule buried by Steve Jobs 20 years ago has been discovered after its location was long forgotten

The time capsule buried by Steve Jobs 20 years ago has been discovered after its location was long forgotten

The final discovery happened at the hands of the crew from the National Geographic Channel’s reality show called Diggers.

The discovery was well documented and is surely going to be featured on an upcoming episode, and even the experts had problems finding this particular treasure.

CNET reports that in spite of their preparations and clear idea of where the 13-foot-long tube was, it still took them two hours to dig it up using heavy machinery.

To anyone removed from the tech industry, the accomplishment in finding the tube appears to be the biggest accomplishment.

To others, the most interesting object would likely be the “Lisa” mouse placed in the tube by the hands of a then-28-year-old Steve Jobs.

The Lisa Mouse, which Steve Jobs named after his daughter, was one of the first commercial computer mice soled publicly, making it a rarity at the time.

Though stylistically it has changed over the past three decades, the internal components of the mouse have remained largely the same.

The Aspen Historical Society is going to help the show creators catalogue the tube’s contents- but no word yet whether or not the Diggers cracked open one of the six bottles of Boddington’s Ale that was left inside for the people who found the tube.

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Laurene Powell Jobs, who was married for 20 years to Apple founder Steve Jobs, is said to have bonded with former Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty over a shared passion for school reform, after they met at an education conference in 2011.

Their friendship developed into a romance shortly after Adrian Fenty announced he was leaving his wife, sources told the Washington Post.

Laurene Powell Jobs and Adrian Fenty’s relationship is not believed to have been behind the breakup of his 15-year marriage.

Steve Jobs’ widow, who has three children, inherited an estate of about $10 billion when her husband died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 in October 2011.

Despite being one of the richest women in the U.S, Laurene Powell Jobs, 49, has kept a deliberately low profile as she continues with her charitable work.

In a rare interview in April Laurene Powell Jobs, who was spotted still wearing her diamond wedding ring on holiday in Italy last month, said of her husband: “His private legacy with me and the kids is that of husband and father. And we miss him every day.”

Laurene Powell Jobs is said to have bonded with former Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty over a shared passion for school reform

Laurene Powell Jobs is said to have bonded with former Washington DC mayor Adrian Fenty over a shared passion for school reform

As she pushes her charity work, Laurene Powell Jobs has started to increase her public profile.

“She’s been mourning for a year and was grieving for five years before that. Her life was about her family and Steve, but she is now emerging as a potent force on the world stage, and this is only the beginning,” Larry Brilliant, of Skoll Global Threats Fund, told the New York Times earlier this year.

She married Steve Jobs two years after meeting him when he gave a talk to Stanford Business School, where she was a student.

Laurene Powell Jobs’ connection to Adrian Fenty increased after he joined the board of College Track, a non-profit program for students founded by Steve Jobs’ widow, in February last year.

In a statement released at the time she said: Adrian Fenty is one of our country’s great advocates for education reform. His sense of urgency and record of accomplishment is unparalleled.”

In contrast to the privacy courted by Laurene Powell Jobs, 42-year-old Adrian Fenty has been a public figure since his election as Washington DC mayor in 2006.

Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle, who have twin sons and a daughter, were often spotted at high profile parties and events in the city.

Since his defeat in 2010 Adrian Fenty has focused on acting as a consultant to education tech companies and his position as special adviser at Andreessen Horowitz, which led to him splitting his time between Washington and Silicon Valley.

Michelle Fenty took a job in Trinidad and Tobago with the Inter-American Development Bank last year, which led to her also splitting her life between two places, according to the Washington Post.

Both Laurene Powell Jobs and Adrian Fenty have declined to comment on speculation about their relationship.

One of only six original Apple 1 computers from 1976 still in working order has sold at auction in Germany for more than 500,000 euros ($650,000).

The Apple 1 was one of the first 50 built by Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Jobs’ parents’ garage.

The computer – consisting only of a motherboard, signed by Steve Wozniak – went to an anonymous buyer from Asia.

One of only six original Apple 1 computers from 1976 still in working order has sold at auction in Germany for more than 500,000 euros

One of only six original Apple 1 computers from 1976 still in working order has sold at auction in Germany for more than 500,000 euros

Last year, an Apple 1 sold for 490,000 euros ($633,000).

Only about 200 Apple 1s were ever made. About 46 remain in existence, but only six of those are still in working order.

Bob Luther, author of The First Apple, called the Apple 1 the “holy grail of collectable technology”.

The one sold at auction in the German city of Cologne on Saturday was purchased together with an original monitor, tape-player, keyboard. The documentation was signed by Steve Jobs.

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Laurene Powell Jobs – Steve Jobs’ widow – opened up for the first time since her husband’s death speaking about his lasting legacy that inspires her to fulfill her passions in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams on Rock Center that aired Friday night.

Laurene Powell Jobs spoke about how Steve Jobs left both a personal and a private legacy, only one of which she feels comfortable talking about now that he is dead.

“In the public [legacy] we see the products that he created, that he cared so deeply about that changed all of our lives- the way that we function and communicate,” she said.

“What he wanted to do in his life was create tools that allow people to work at the highest level, and I think he did that. So that legacy is beautiful for me to live with.”

Laurene Powell Jobs speaks out for the first time since Steve Jobs' death on Rock Center

Laurene Powell Jobs speaks out for the first time since Steve Jobs’ death on Rock Center

Laurene Powell Jobs, who continues Steve Jobs’ tradition of being notoriously private, agreed to be interviewed because she is working with a documentary filmmaker to promote immigration reform.

As part of the preconditions for the interview, Laurene Powell Jobs made it clear that she would not talk about her famous husband’s death.

She paid a small tribute to her husband of 20 years by praising him as a father and partner.

“His private legacy with me and the kids is that of husband and father, and we miss him every day,” Laurene Powell Jobs said.

Steve Jobs was known for his intense work ethic, and even he admitted that part of the reason why he allowed a biographer to interview him repeatedly before his death was so that his children could get a full portrait of the work he did while away from his family.

In addition to the more than 650-page tome, Laurene Powell Jobs told how the myriad of Apple products that he created also serve as living memorials.

“Having the body of work surrounding us is actually a really beautiful reminder and I find it touching and inspiring for me to make sure that I continue to do what I’m most passionate about and I hope my kids feel the same way,” she said.

That passion has driven Laurene Powell Jobs to work with Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim to create and promote the film The Dream is Now which unveils the plight of students raised in the US who are pushed out of the country because they are undocumented immigrants.

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The Steve Jobs biopic jOBS had its debut at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2013, in Park City, Utah.

jOBS is directed by Joshua Michael Stern and stars Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney and James Woods.

The film presents the story of Steve Jobs’ (Ashton Kutcher) ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century and it focuses on the early years of Apple was made without any involvement from the mega computer company.

This is the debut of jOBS. The film will be released into theaters in Friday, April 19 and will be released into theaters throughout the world up until the end of October.

jOBS is not yet rated and has a run-time of 2 hours and 2 minutes.

The Steve Jobs biopic jOBS had its debut at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2013, in Park City

The Steve Jobs biopic jOBS had its debut at Eccles Center Theatre during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2013, in Park City

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Venus, the minimalist high-tech yacht commissioned by late Steve Jobs, has become embroiled in a row over a disputed bill.

French designer Philippe Starck claims Steve Jobs’ heirs still owe him 3 million euros of a 9 million euro fee for the project, according to Dutch paper Het Financieele Dagblad.

Philippe Starck called in the debt collectors and had the yacht impounded,

The Port of Amsterdam confirmed that the boat is not allowed to leave.

Jeroen Ranzijn, spokesman for the Port of Amsterdam said: “The boat is brand new but there is a 3 million euro claim on it. The parties will have to fight it out.”

Roelant Klaassen, a lawyer representing Philippe Starck’s company, Ubik, told the Reuters news agency that the boat would remain in port pending payment by lawyers representing Steve Jobs’ estate.

“These guys trusted each other, so there wasn’t a very detailed contract,” he said.

Philippe Starck was unavailable for comment.

Venus, the minimalist high-tech yacht commissioned by late Steve Jobs, has become embroiled in a row over a disputed bill

Venus, the minimalist high-tech yacht commissioned by late Steve Jobs, has become embroiled in a row over a disputed bill

Gerard Moussault, the lawyer representing the owners of the Venus, said: “I cannot comment at all on this, sorry.”

The sleek, 260 ft-long (80 m) aluminium super-yacht cost 105 million euros ($138 million) and was launched in October, at Aalsmeer, The Netherlands.

Philippe Starck is known for his striking designs for the Alessi company, including an aluminium lemon squeezer that is shaped like a spaceship.

He collaborated with Steve Jobs for five years on the project, describing the boat as “showing the elegance of intelligence.”

The vessel is minimalist in style and is named after the Roman goddess of love and its windows measure 3 m (10 feet) in height.

Philippe Starck has said that Venus “looks strange for a boat” but said its shape comes from design ideas he shared with Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011 and never saw his boat go to sea.

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Ashton Kutcher was spotted earlier this year filming scenes in character as late Apple founder Steve Jobs, revealing snippets of just how alike he is to the tech wizard.

Now Ashton Kutcher’s transformation has been shown off in its entirety thanks to the first official photo for the upcoming biopic being released.

And his appearance will startle most fans thanks to his similarity to Jobs, who passed away last October.

Ashton Kutcher can be seen posing with his dated hair style and beard to complete his look as Steve Jobs.

The actor casually sits on a desk carrying his old fashioned reading glasses while close attention has been paid to detail, including old computers sitting in the background.

Ashton Kutcher, 34, is taking on the icon in jOBS, which tells the story of Steve Jobs’ pioneering life.

Ashton Kutcher's transformation into Steve Jobs has been shown off in its entirety thanks to the first official photo for the upcoming biopic being released

Ashton Kutcher’s transformation into Steve Jobs has been shown off in its entirety thanks to the first official photo for the upcoming biopic being released

Earlier this year Ashton Kutcher was spotted filming the biopic about the technology genius at Loyola Marymount University in LA.

Ashton Kutcher looked a million miles away from his normal appearance as he recreated the movements and image of the late Steve Jobs.

Everything from the side parting hairstyle to the tight lipped mouth mirrored the way the founder of Apple looked.

Ashton Kutcher was seen on set clasping his hands together just like Steve Jobs always did, and he appeared to have even copied the way he walked with his shoulders slightly slouched.

He was dressed in Steve Jobs’ trademark running trainers with jeans, a white shirt and a black sleeveless cardigan.

And even his co-star Josh Gad, who plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the project, has been astounded by his transformation.

Josh Gad told UsWeekly: “Ashton is going to blow a lot of people away. His performance was absolutely transformational.

“If he looked any more like Steve Jobs, I think it would just confuse a lot of people . . . It’s that uncanny.”

The new promotional shot comes as it has been revealed he could soon encounter an awkward run in with his ex-wife Demi Moore.

It has been announced that he is expected at the Sundance festival in Utah in January alongside Demi Moore.

Ashton Kutcher will be there with jOBS standing as the closing night film of the festival, while Demi Moore’s movie Very Good Girls will also premiere during the festivities.

Steve Jobs’ custom-built 260-foot yacht was finally completed by a Dutch shipbuilder this month – one year after his death.

The sleek ship is made of light-weight aluminum and Steve Jobs employed the chief engineer of his Apple stores to help design special glass that allowed the ship to be installed with ten-foot-high windows across the hull.

The yacht is christened Venus, after the Roman goddess of love.

The cost of the superyacht is unknown, though Steve Jobs was obsessed with completing it near the end of his life.

“I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat,” he told biographer Walter Isaacson.

“But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”

Steve Jobs' custom-built 260-foot yacht Venus was finally completed by a Dutch shipbuilder this month

Steve Jobs’ custom-built 260-foot yacht Venus was finally completed by a Dutch shipbuilder this month

Sadly, Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011 of complications from pancreatic cancer, never saw his creation finished.

The Dutch technology blog One More Thing reports that the Jobs family will be on hand for the formal unveiling of the yacht at the Feadship custom yacht building company in Aalsmeer, Netherlands.

Steve Jobs’ family gave out custom iPod Shuffle mp3 players to each of the crew members who helped build the yacht. Each one came with a note thanking them for their “hard work and craftsmanship”.

Among the high-tech features inside the ship are seven 27-inch iMac computers.

Steve Jobs employed renowned designer Philippe Starck to lay out in the interior.

It is unknown when the breathtaking ship will make its maiden voyage.

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Actor Russell Brand has been fined $500 and ordered to do 20 hours of community service for damaging a photographer’s mobile phone.

It relates to an incident in March when the photographer tried to take Russell Brand’s picture in New Orleans.

Russell Brand’s lawyer, Robert Glass, pleaded not guilty on his behalf at a hearing at Orleans Parish Municipal Court on Thursday morning.

The fine and community service must be completed before the end of August.

Russell Brand has been fined $500 and ordered to do 20 hours of community service for damaging a photographer's mobile phone

Russell Brand has been fined $500 and ordered to do 20 hours of community service for damaging a photographer's mobile phone

A court spokesman said the community service must be carried out at a “suitable public entity” – which does not have to be in New Orleans.

Russell Brand was accused of taking the phone and throwing it through the window of a nearby law firm.

Writing on Twitter at the time of the incident, Russell Brand said he took the phone as “a tribute” to Apple boss Steve Jobs, who died last year.

The actor tweeted: “Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory.”

 

A rare functioning Apple 1 computer – the company’s first product – has been sold at a New York auction for $374,500.

The price was more than double Sotheby’s high estimate and sets a new record for the collector’s item.

A memo written by Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs when he worked at Atari sold for $27,500 at the same New York event.

The original estimate for the four-page handwritten note was up to $15,000.

Only about 200 Apple 1s were ever created. The computers were hand-built by Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak and originally sold for $666.66 as a fully assembled circuit board.

A rare functioning Apple 1 computer, the company's first product, has been sold at a New York auction for $374,500

A rare functioning Apple 1 computer, the company's first product, has been sold at a New York auction for $374,500

He later said he picked a sum with a repeating number “because it was just an easier way to type”.

Only about 50 Apple 1s are still believed to be in existence. The auctioned model is one of the very few that still works.

Sotheby’s said there was a battle between two parties for the item which also included the original manuals. A set of bids was executed by the auctioneer on behalf of an absentee collector, but a telephone bidder proved more persistent and eventually clinched the sale.

Their identity has not been revealed.

The Atari memo was written in 1974 and consists of four pages detailing the late Steve Jobs’ thoughts on how to improve its arcade football game World Cup.

Steve Jobs was 19 years old at the time. The pages include circuit drawings and diagrams showing how the paddle-based game could be made more fun to play.

The notes are stamped with Steve Jobs’ Los Altos home address and a Buddhist mantra – “gate gate paragate parasangate bodhi svahdl”.

It translates as: “Going, going, going on beyond, always going on beyond, always becoming Buddha.”

Sotheby’s said there had been “at least three bidders” for the item.

The high sums are the latest confirmation of demand for memorabilia connected to Steve Jobs, who died last October.

Apple’s founding papers, featuring Steve Jobs’ signature, sold at auction in December for close to $1.6 million.

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