I own an iPhone and an iPad. I am saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs much in the same way that I’m saddened when anyone dies. I’m not enough of an apple fanatic to be devastated, but I’m also not anti apple enough to be unaffected. Steve Jobs was if anything else, a highly effective business man who had a vision and knew how to make others see what he saw. I guess the greatest thing to be taken from his short life is the fact that he spent it doing what he loved to do, which in itself is a lesson for us all.
This truncated excerpt of his Commencement Address at Stanford University from 2005 which I found via Relentlessly Optimistic is particularly poignant. I’m not usually one to quote another website verbatim, but as I embark on an new endeavour that could change my life, the following passages really struck a chord. I hope that the author won’t mind me reposting this.
“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.”
“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
“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.”
RIP Steve, and thanks.