Today’s Things I Love Thursday – that I am writing on my Mac – is dedicated to the genius Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs, who was the mastermind behind Apple’s iMac,iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iTunes, has died last night at the age of 56 after fighting advanced pancreatic cancer since 2004.
According to Apple’s official website: “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.”
Steve Jobs changed the way I and all of us live, think and how we operate, making our life much easier. No matter what brand of computer or smart phone you have, Steve Jobs made it better as other companies tried to keep up. He changed the way we connect and work. He made things so much simpler, useful, functional… and so much beautiful. Technology will never be the same after Steve’s legacy . Steve has always pointed out that the biggest difference between Apple and all the other computer companies is that Apple always tried to marry art and science. In fact, the original team working on the Mac had backgrounds in anthropology, art, history, and poetry. I absolutely love that! That is exactly why I love to work on my mac. I also really liked the way he dressed, a black T-shirt and jeans. No suits, no ties. He impressed with what he did, not with his image. Besides that he was a very inspirational character who showed us what it means to follow your dreams and do the things you love.
I think everyone should watch the inspirational commencement speech Steve Jobs gave in 2005 to Stanford University students. Why? Because he talks about the importance of living life to the fullest.
Here some of Steve Jobs quotes from the Stanford speech:
- “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” The idea behind the concept is that, as much as we try to plan our lives ahead in advance, there’s always something that’s unpredictable about life. What seems like bitter and defeat in the moment, might be the seeds of your success years from now. You can’t be too attached to how you think your life is supposed to work out and instead trust that all the dots will be connected in the future. This is all part of the plan.
- “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.” Do what you love!
- “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “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. Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
- “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. “
- “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.” “And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away.”
- “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” Always keep wanting something more, something new and always keep an open mind, never think that you know everything.”
Thank you Steve, for Apple, Pixar, and inspiration to be the best you can be!
As a runner I also wanted to share something that I am thinking of doing myself. Joseph Tame, a marathon runner who wanted to do something special to pay tribute to retiring Apple founder Steve Jobs took a very creative and healthy approach to express his appreciation and support for Jobs, by running a 13-mile trail in the shape of the Apple logo. Armed with 2 iPhones and an app called RunKeeper, Tame ran 21 kilometers (13 miles) through central Tokyo to recreate a GPS path version of the well-known Apple logo. Pretty awesome right!
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs
Thank you Steve! Your inspiration, passion, and creativity, forged a path for many of us to follow. You will be missed, but never forgot. RIP