I was very saddened to hear of the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs – he had a wife and four children and was only in his mid-50s. That’s a terrible loss.

Whilst clicking through some links I came across this speech Jobs gave at Stanford University. It was personal and gave a sense of who he really was.

What stuck out for me was this line on creativity. I feel the same way after leaving a full-time career in a corporate – I do feel as if anything is possible and in many ways more free to explore my ideas and create new things.

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.