The Legacy of Steve Jobs
I was going to write a review post today, but that will need to wait for next week. Last night, I got the news that Steve Jobs passed away. While I might not own any Apple devices (B has an iPod Touch that her parents gave her when they didn’t use it anymore), Steve changed the way I use computers many times. He designed computers with graphical interfaces when needed to type in commands. He saw a future in computer animated films and helped make Pixar what it is today. He saw a digital future for music and pushed the music industry towards this future at a time when illegal file sharing was seen by the industry as pushing them to ruin. He innovated in smart phones, tablet computers and many other areas.
Steve wasn’t just a technologist, though. He had some pretty wonderful views on life in general. Here are some quotes from a commencement speech that he gave in Stanford in June of 2005.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Of course, for full effect, don’t just read his words, but watch and listen to them too.
Rest in Peace, Steve. You will be remembered for changing the world for the better.