10.06.2011

Goodbye, Steve Jobs!


The man who made life with iPod, iTunes, iPhone, and iPad possible died on October 5, 2011. As I was reading some articles about him here in the internet, I came across one from BBC News. It listed some of Steve Jobs' famous quotes. For me, one quote stood out.

"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.

"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.

"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."

This was taken from a commencement speech he delivered at Stanford University in 2005. Hmmm. Some words to ponder. I highlighted the ones that hit me real hard. Yeah, including the whole last paragraph--probably the one that hit me hardest. For months now, I've actually been looking and waiting for the right job--"the right fit". I've been telling that to my best friend for some time now (the right fit--with a matching "fingers intertwined" gesture). And it's great to know that one of the most influential people in the world thinks likewise--that THAT "right fit" is essential in living a good life. And now, I say: Don't settle until you find that "right fit".

Sad though that he's not around anymore to give us more of his inspiring quotes.

So long and thank you, Steve Jobs! Life will never be the same without you. Au revoir!

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