Honoring a Genius

Back from London and before I get into that I have to post a little note about the passing of Steve Jobs. I am not an Apple maniac who worships the brand like a religion, but I do recognize and am humbled by the genius of Steve Jobs and the company he built from scratch. Look down, I am sure many of you are using an Apple product right now, and I for one have this MacBook to thanks for my entire career (that and Al Gore for inventing the internet- ha).   Because of the technical developments made by Mr. Jobs and his contemporaries, I was able to build an entire career, one I LOVE, from nothing as well.  So I’ll leave you with my favorite excerpts from his commencement speech at Stanford University in 2005. I hope this passing, along with the countless others every day, fuels our scientists a little more to find a cure for cancer.  It’s robbing us of far too many brilliant minds.

“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.”

“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

12 Responses to “Honoring a Genius”

  1. I read the news about Steve Jobs very early this morning – and thought about how fragile life is, and what a great legacy he left behind. I love his quote that you’ve shared here from that commencement speech. It’s very inspiring – one I’ll have to re-read over and over again.

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  3. La Chapstick Fanatique says:

    this is such a great quote from him. i recently took a pretty big pay cut for a job i wanted. i couldn’t be happier and more fulfilled than i am right now. what he said in his speech is so fitting to my life right now. he will be missed.

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  4. Lindsey A. says:

    Love it! Thanks for sharing. I hadn’t heard this before, and it’s really inspiring. Definitely saving it to read over and over. I’m working on doing my own thing because I’ve had enough of corporate life, difficult bosses, and having to work on someone elses schedule. This definitely inspires me to keep working at my own thing- eventually the money will come, right?!?

  5. Andrea says:

    Young Steve Jobs was super handsome.

  6. Lisa Stevens says:

    It’s very sad, he was so young and brilliant. He had all the money in the world to use to fight cancer, but it didn’t help. It’s scary to think how powerful and devastating cancer can be. On a lighter note, how did I not know Steve Jobs was a stone cold fox when he was young? He looks like a model in that picture.

  7. Christie says:

    The above is a great inspirational quote. Thanks for sharing this. It’s a shame that we continue to lose so many great individuals to cancer on a daily basis.
    My mac story: I bought my first MAC computer last year and absolutely LOVE it! The features, programs…everything. I can do so much more to further my creative pursuits on this computer than I ever could on a PC. I am a true convert. So much so that I will soon be giving up my blackberry for an iphone and also purchasing an ipad. Truthfully, I can’t believe that I don’t own an ipad already.

  8. Fantastic quote! Thank you for posting:)