Steve Jobs – One Less Genius In Our World Today

6 Oct

A month or two ago I wrote about my love of all things Apple.

So, although it wasn’t exactly a shock, I am very very sad this morning to hear the news that Steve Jobs died yesterday.

The morning news shows are  airing tributes and reading quotes from Mr. Job’s 2005 Stanford commencement address.

I just read the speech, and it moved me very much. I also really appreciate some of the photos I’ve seen this morning.

Like this one, of partners Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, who together developed their first computer in Jobs’ parents garage.

And this one, of Jobs with an early Mac.

He will be on the cover of this week’s Time Magazine.

Undoubtably the Genius Of Our Times.

The Apple website says this:

The commencement address that Steve Jobs gave to the graduating class of 2005 at Stanford is well worth reading – again, this link will take you to the text of the entire speech.

Here are a few quotes that inspire me:

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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

The Apple site says: if you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email:

Long live the King.




2 Responses to “Steve Jobs – One Less Genius In Our World Today”

  1. Johnny D October 6, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    It’s hard to remember what life was like before all of Jobs’ innovations became everyday items.

    • sallanscorner October 7, 2011 at 7:59 am #

      I know – I wish I knew what he was thinking would be the next big thing. I wonder what he would have been able to do if he had lived another 30 years… 😦

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