Thursday, 6 October 2011

Steve Jobs' Legacy

This morning Asia woke up to the news that Steve Jobs had died.

At this point I will hazard a guess there were some tributes left at the Apple store in IFC mall here in Hong Kong which opened a few weeks ago.

As I passed by the store on the way to work I could see customers already in there looking at gadgets.

There's no disputing Jobs' legacy as a visionary who came up with amazing products and services, going well beyond anyone's expectations but his own.

But there's also his 2005 commencement address to the graduates at Stanford University.

He talks about looking back and connecting the dots. He had decided he would drop out of college and instead of focusing on academics he took courses he found interesting -- like calligraphy for example.

And because of it he gained an appreciate for different type faces and the spacing between them so that when he made the Macintosh computer, it was the first to have a selection of typography.

He also told the graduating class to believe in themselves:

You have to trust in yourself Sometimes life's going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. 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 -- and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And just like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking, don't settle.

The third thing he talks about is death -- that we will all die. He said he wakes up everyday and says to himself that if today is his last day on earth, would he like doing what he has to do that day? If he found himself saying no too many times then things would have to change. He said the thought of death quickly pares our thoughts, wants and needs down to the most basic:

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 opinions of other people drown out your inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Some find their path early, others late. But it's also the journey along the way that makes life what it is.

1 comment:

  1. agree, time is the most precious commodity of all. we should not waste it. treat everyday as the last day of your life and you will treasure it. and wont waste it.