Steve Jobs, the greatest inventor is no more….. having lost the battle to cancer. He was such an inspiration and to him the world shall forever be thankful. He was the Apple Co-founder, who redefined the entire industry by the sheer power of imagination. Modern technology is poorer without him.
Steve was not born with a silver spoon in his hands, his background was not anything to be admired. He was an adopted child and a high school drop-out. However this did not deter him from persuing and achieving his dreams. He created great products that took the market by storm . Steve showed the world that we all can actualize our God- given potential in our lives.
Steve always reminded his associates that he lived each day of his life as if it was his last. The results of his commitment are there for the world to see and enjoy.
Let me share with you some of his hard to forget quotes he said when he gave a commencement address at Stanford University in June 2005.
“Remembering that I ‘ll be dead soon is the most important tool I have 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… Stay hungry. Stay foolish”.
“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”.
“It’s looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something– your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life”.
“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. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains”. BusinessWeek interview, May 1998.
In ending, let me encourage someone that as you progress in your journey to success and greatness, I would dare you to dream big, think big, be bold, be a possibility thinker. No one was ever arrested or sued for thinking outside the box. Refuse to settle. Don’t die a dissappointed individual with unexplored potential. The choice lies with you.
May God keep you and bless the work of your hands!