"...he dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Ore., after just eight months because his tuition had become a burden on his working-class parents and the required courses seemed irrelevant.
He still attended classes that interested him, living off the nickels he picked up by returning recyclable Coke bottles and free meals from the local Hare Krishna temple. Intrigued by calligraphy, he took a calligraphy class, though he thought at the time that he would never apply it.
When he was designing the first Macintosh computer 10 years later, however, he incorporated that unusual knowledge.
"If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on that calligraphy class and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do," he said. "Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.""