Thursday, October 6, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

As most of you have seen via bulk Facebook updates, tweets and retweets, special tv broadcast interruptions, and countless articles - Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday, October 5th.

I look up to Steve Jobs. As a visionary, a leader, and a revolutionary. 

He fundamentally changed the lives of our generation. I can't tell you how many times I read on an online dating profile about the iPhone being among the Top 5 things that person can't live without. (I actually also count myself as one of those people - I once said that I don't even need a boyfriend because my iPhone keeps me warm at night...and it does.)

I own a MacBook Pro, an iMac, an iPod shuffle, and old school iPod (with a janky battery, but I still refuse to throw it away), an old iPhone 3GS that I use as an iPod touch now, and an iPhone 4.  The little white apple has permeated my life in just about every room of my home...AND I paid extra for a stereo so that I can bring my iPod with me in my car so that it really is WHEREVER I go.  I no longer can stand to go even 5 seconds without knowing the answer to a random trivia question before I grab my iPhone and look it up.  My iPhone is the last thing I touch before bed and the first thing I grab in the morning after turning the alarm off.

Steve Jobs is a part of my life, and I am truly saddened to know that he lost his life so young.

But -the thing that I find so amazing is how inspired I am right now by his words from many speeches while he was alive. Speeches that I have watched online years ago...powerful words that went in one ear and out the other.  Yet, somehow all of those words are sticking with me tonight and encouraging me to chase my dreams. "Stay hungry. Stay Foolish."

Steve Jobs: How to live before you die | Video on TED.com
"When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “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." -- Steve Jobs
I may never be a fraction as impactful as Mr. Jobs, but somehow he just gave me the strength to believe that I can.  By the time Steve was my age, he had already founded Apple and was about to be ousted by his board of directors...maybe now is the time to start thinking more seriously about my dream job.  I have always wanted to own my own business, but I want it to be something I love doing and not just something I am good at doing.  To honor Steve (a.k.a. my father-in-law given how much I heart my iPhone), I am going to take his advice.

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.

 Thank you.

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