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Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World by Bob Rosen

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Vocational Health

When Steve Jobs was at the pinnacle of his career, having created Apple, NeXT, and Pixar and then rebuilt Apple, he delivered the commencement address at Stanford and told two stories about what mattered to him. Remarkably, these personal stories were also about his pursuit of vocational health.

The first story was about dropping out of college without a plan, wanting only to follow his curiosity and trusting that all would work out. “You can't connect the dots looking forward,” he said. “You can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect to your future. You have to trust in something—your gut, destiny, life karma, whatever.”1 His belief that he would find a meaningful calling ...

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