A Tribute

While I know I’m the only person in the world that doesn’t own an Apple product, I’ve been a big Steve Jobs fan for years.  It started about 4 years ago when I listened to this commencement speech for the first time.  I still listen to it regularly to keep my head on straight.

If you’ve never watched this video, please do. It’s 15 minutes you won’t regret.

A quote that changes me, and probably subconsciously helped me decide that I need to leave engineering:

I’ve 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.”‘

R.I.P.

5 Responses to A Tribute

  1. I wonder how many days is “too many”? There is always the fear that if you died tomorrow, there are too many things you would regret doing/not doing. But some of these things we need to do so that we can survive the next day and the next year, in the event that we do not die tomorrow.
    I think I like his approach, where you allow yourself a few days of doing what you would rather not do.

  2. Steve says:

    I also don’t own Apple products, because I’ve always found their wildly pushy messages to represent the height of consumerism. And I’m not sure Jobs was a role model as a family man – he told the writer of his soon-t0-be published biography that he wanted the biography published because he hadn’t been around his children much and he wanted them to get to know him… via the book. Be that as it may, though, that is a great speech, and I’ve quoted it more than once myself. He was a brilliant marketer and designer, and even if I don’t care much for Apple, we have him to thank for ‘Wall-E’. :)

    • And the Toy Story trilogy!

      • Steve says:

        Absolutely! Except for Cars 2, the entire Pixar catalog has been amazing (except for The Incredibles, which was great but we deemed it too violent for our kids).

      • Funny that you mentioned The Incredibles. That’s my favorite Pixar flick, but my wife had the same concern over violence. I guess I just have to wait until he gets a little older to watch with me.

        I do wonder whether it matters whether we hold back on showing it, but I’m willing to compromise on this given that my judgement on this topic is suspect. (I’m a huge pacifist regarding real violence, but I love MMA).

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