There haven’t been very man in history that have changed the world as the man above has. I haven’t always agreed personally, with some of the business decisions that he had made. However, who am I? The man above innovated like almost no other had, it’s a shadow of brilliance that he cast over the entire world that almost no one may be able to touch ever again.
I won’t focus on his products as much as I want to remember his life lessons that he taught us. His Stanford speech which became extremely popular, pretty much points to what we should all be following. It’s as if he understood the direction of possibly where the meaning of life was. “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” pretty much summed up his points, however, his 3rd story on death during the commencement was probably his most honest of products he released.
“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.”
Death, the reminder that we all don’t have long to mess around and be lazy, but to constantly stay on our feet and remember what’s important.
“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.”
I appreciate his candor, since we all seemed to want to ignore it, however, we tend to forget the concept of why we should always remember it.
“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.”
Remembering what’s important, and not wanting to dive into any political rhetoric, I believe this idea is necessary to move us forward as a human race. Remembering what’s important. Although many of us have never met him, his ideas enable us to do our daily activities, work, and play. He is someone whom quite possibly can be called one of the greatest CEO’s ever, and almost every entrepreneur should and does push for his same type of flare, showmanship, and utter brilliance.
I never knew him, but although news of his death brings a certain movement to my stomach as if someone had taken a sledgehammer to it. However, perhaps I, myself can use it as a wake up call to move more, and more freely. So the best dedication I can give Mr. Jobs tonight, is that I will remember the legacy he leads and simply:
“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”
RIP Steve, I don’t believe the world fully understands the entire gravity, of what the loss of you left today.
Here’s to the Crazy ones.
May you continue to innovate in Heaven.