Friday, October 7, 2011

Thanks Steve

To me, that quote best sums up Steve Jobs. He said that in 1982.

I hate to jump on the bangwagon with this whole Steve Jobs thing, but I have to. There is absolutely nothing I can say that hasn't been said before or better, but here are my two cents.

I only own one Apple product- an old iPod. I'm not a Mac guy, never have been and probably never will be. I won't ever own an iPhone (I love my Droid). But that doesn't matter. This guy made them all. There would be no Droid without him. Personal computing as we know it would not exist. Every piece of technology we use on a daily basis this guy invented. That's mind-boggling. Yes, of course there were thousands of people involved. Yes, he couldn't have done it on his own. But the guy was a leader of men. He could inspire anyone to do anything. That is rare.

It is impossible to imagine a world without the products that Steve Jobs dreamed up. I thought I'd be jammin' out to a Discman with 10-second anti-skip til the day I died. (Do you remember those things???) I could go on, but I've made my point. Once-in-a-world kinda guy. The da Vinci of our time. I can't wait to read his autobiography. Who knows, I might become a Mac guy afterall.

But as genius of a visionary as Steve Jobs was, he was a better human being. His outlook on life and death were profound. His faced his battle with cancer with a bravery most of us can't understand, still inventing and still inspiring til the very end. He literally changed the world and I hope he is rewarded for it.

Watch this:

One more thing:

"Sometimes life is gonna hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.

“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. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

“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.”

-Steve Jobs, 2005

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