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Build Wealth from Scratch

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To become someone like Steve Jobs, we have to learn from him. The second most important sentence in his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University ends with six words, “what you truly want to become.” The most important sentence follows. It has only four words. “Everything else is secondary.”

Click here and watch only 26 seconds of the video, [Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address] (v=UF8uR6Z6KLc), starting at t=12m31s. You will hear the ten words Steve Jobs left as his philosophy of life: “what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” However, when he died, he did not leave detailed instructions on how everyone could achieve that systematically. No one filled out those blanks until 2017 when Mark Canny and Nickantony Quach published their original knowledge in the book Thumos: Adulthood, Love, and Collaboration, also known as the original Thumos textbook (OTB).

The actual knowledge presented in the 2017 book is the Thumos Philosophy, where Thumos means no unwanted drama. Thumos Philosophy is the detailed instructions on actualizing your ideal self systematically. The book filled out those blanks behind the ten words Steve Jobs left as his philosophy of life. He tells you what the most important thing in your life is. The original Thumos textbook gives detailed instructions on how to chase after it, even if it is to build wealth from scratch.

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