CHAPTER 2Follow Your Heart

Follow your bliss and the Universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.—JOSEPH CAMPBELL, THE POWER OF MYTH

In 1972, Steve Jobs disappointed his parents when he dropped out of Reed College after only one semester. Reed is a small, liberal arts school in Portland, Oregon. In the 1970s, Reed was known for small classes, intelligent students, and an environment tolerant of different lifestyles and personalities. If you were a misfit in high school, you would have fit in at Reed.

Jobs’s adoptive parents, Paul and Clara, were ready to spend their life savings to pay the expensive tuition bill at the private school. It was a commitment they had made to Jobs’s biological mother, an unwed college student, seventeen ...

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