I’m devoting my first post back in the blogo-sphere to a man who helped transform the way we think about technology and the way we communicate with people all over the world. Steve Jobs, founder and former CEO of Apple, was raised in a working-class family, didn’t graduate college, and started the company that is now worth over $300 billion in his parents’ garage at the age of 20. It’s amazing what he was able to accomplish in his over 30-year career, which makes it difficult to think about all he might have accomplished had he spent more time here on Earth. The fact that probably at least half of everyone who found out about his death on Wednesday found out about it on a product he invented is proof enough of the impact he and his company have had on the world.
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things, push the human race forward. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
This video shows Steve Jobs unveiling the first Apple Macintosh in January 1984. My, how times have changed…
It”s crazy to see how much technology can change in just 26 years, and this is just computers. The same can be done for iPods (like here), phones, etc. The final thing I want to end with is Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford’s graduation in 2005. It’s an excellent address, and it has taken on much more significance in the days since his death. Some of the golden nuggets:
- “Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference.”
- “You’ve got to find what you love. 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.”
- “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 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.”