When it comes to the great Steve Jobs, you can either love him or hate him. But there’s one thing that everyone needs to admit; His vision and determination changed the way the world works. He changed the way we listen to music, the way we connect with each other, he changed the way we see animated films and so much more.
An orphan, later raised by adoptive parents, and then later a college drop out who went on to become one of the most influential and inspiring men that this world has ever been blessed with. He broke the mould for technology, he made it personal again.
To some, he was a mentor. To his children, a father. To the world, a visionary. To the other technology companies out there, a threat. To a far few, he was just a guy in a turtleneck. And to me? To me he was the person that inspired me to chase the things I want in life. If it wasn’t for Steve Jobs, I highly doubt I would be living my life the way I do. I live for the moment, and if anyone’s proof that that is the only way to live life; Steve Jobs is this proof.
There’s a few quotes that I’d like to share with you guys from the man that inspired me so much, and hopefully the quotes will give you a rough idea of why he was one of the greatest people to walk this earth.
“I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but 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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
These quotes have helped me find what I love, they’ve helped me sit at a computer for hours and hours on end, when all my body wants to do is sleep. They’re the words that have got me through some of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make.
In the words of the wonderful Steve Jobs; Stay hungry, stay foolish.
Sleep well, Steve. Thank you for living your life to the full. You were one of the good ones who will be truly missed.
Much love and many thanks for reading,