The Graphing Calculator Story

Dave Winer posted a link to this awesome story that I feel everyone should read. It teaches one of the greatest lessons in life.

Read the excerpt here then follow the link over to read the complete story. It’s worth the 10 minutes. Trust me.

The Graphing Calculator Story:

“I used to be a contractor for Apple, working on a secret project. Unfortunately, the computer we were building never saw the light of day. The project was so plagued by politics and ego that when the engineers requested technical oversight, our manager hired a psychologist instead. In August 1993, the project was canceled. A year of my work evaporated, my contract ended, and I was unemployed.

I was frustrated by all the wasted effort, so I decided to uncancel my small part of the project. I had been paid to do a job, and I wanted to finish it. My electronic badge still opened Apple’s doors, so I just kept showing up.”