The lessons that Steve left us will live on.
Today marks the third anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs, a man who changed the world through technology. I find myself often reflecting on how the world has evolved since he introduced us all the the iPhone. Whether you are an Apple fan or not you have to acknowledge the remarkable impact Jobs had on the world. He was an innovator, a teacher, and a friend. Today, we can take comfort in the lessons Jobs left us.
“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
In other words, live life to its fullest. Make every day count and be sure to let moments take your breath away. Make changes that have meaning to your life. Don’t just change for change sake.
“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex; you have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”
Later in his life, Jobs took comfort in simplicity. He found peace in the knowledge that his mind was free from daily chores such as choosing what to wear. That’s how his iconic black turtleneck became so visible to the public. He wanted to not be confined to the daily monotony that enslaved most people and thought that if he could make his life simpler, it would be better. That proved to be correct.
“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other opinions drown 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.”
There are too many times in our lives that we let others’ opinions weigh us down. We constantly think of what others might be thinking of us. If you stay true to yourself, and follow your instincts and ‘inner voice’ your true self will shine through.
“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.”
Quite possibly the most famous words Jobs every spoke – Here’s to the crazy ones. For some, it’s a daily mantra and elegant words to live by. To me, I take comfort that others are inspired by these words to continue motivating, inventing, and innovating so that our present and future world will be better than the way it was before.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
I think this might be my favorite Jobs quote…and I just found it while researching this tribute piece. There have been a lot of times in my life that I’ve thought, “Why me?” or “When will my life get better?” When you find yourself asking these questions, you just have to pick yourself up and realize that things will get better and you have to have courage to believe in that even though you don’t currently see the path ahead.
Thank you, Steve. For the lessons you left us and the ones you are still teaching. The world misses you, but we are carrying on and the ‘crazy ones’ are changing the world for the better.