Jobs vs. Into the Wild

If I were to give you a quick synopsis about these two movies and then asked you to give me a similarity between the two films you would probably only be able to come up with something like “both main characters are males”.

Yes, this is true however, after watching both films and really looking past the main elements of each, (Jobs was based on developing technology, and Into the Wild was all about escaping technology, money, and just about every other part of society) there is one commonality.


Both Jobs and Christopher/Alexander had developed these ideas and neither would let anyone get in their way of achieving what they set out to do.

In Into the Wild Alexander met different people along the way and each tried in their own way to get him to either postpone his trip, contact his family, or go about his journey differently, but nothing could stop him. He was determined. Alexander did not worry about what others thought of him or really about anything, he just wanted to accomplish what he set out to do.

Jobs was told many times in the movie that his ideas weren’t quite right and was even taken off his own project, but he believed in his ideas and stood by them. Jobs did not let other people’s opinions stop him from developing what he had become so passionate about. And in the end Jobs proved everyone wrong.

What are you passionate about?

“It’s the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.”- Shawn Achor

Last week in one of my classes I was given an assignment that I was told would take 21 days to complete. Every day for 21 days I need to tweet (or write down) 3 positive things about myself, and write a short thank you to someone in a word document.

And after 21 days I will have mastered “The Happiness Advantage”.

Shawn Achor, a happiness researcher (who knew there was such a thing!) is sharing with everyone that a positive brain works better than a negative brain (a positive brain is 31% more productive) and how people can achieve this through “The Happiness Advantage”.

Most people believe “If I work harder I’ll be more successful, and if I’m more successful I’ll be happier” however, according to Achor this thought process is backwards. People who think this way will never be truly happy because once they meet their current goal they will make a new, harder goal, and they will continue to do this every time they reach their goal.

I do this to myself all the time, in the classroom, in the gym, with lacrosse, with everything. Achor said in his TedTalk, “If happiness is on the other side of success you will never get there”, which implies if I keep doing what I am doing I will never be truly happy, and I will not reach my full potential. Achor’s research has shown that compared to a brain under stress a positive brain is more intelligent, creative, productive, and causes energy levels to rise.

Lucky for us there is a way to train the brain to be more positive, through reflection, mediation, exercise, and random acts of kindness.

Take the challenge! It’s simple, for 21 days write down three positive things about yourself, reflect on your day and jot down something good that happened to you, write a thank you to someone, and try to exercise! Follow me on Twitter (@JennaDoesItAll1) while I complete the challenge #HappyIn21!