I was deeply saddened by the news of Steve Jobs passing yesterday. It has affected me way more than any other “celebrity” death. Being the computer geek that I am, he has been a true idol of mine for years and years.
“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.” – Steve Jobs
I thought this quote from Steve Jobs really revealed a lot about who he was as an innovator. Apple has always been about simplicity… it’s one of my favorite things about their products. The idea of simplicity was even expressed in Apples tribute to their former CEO. If you haven’t seen their homepage, it simply looked like this:
Wow. So incredibly moving.
“The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people–as remarkable as the telephone.” – Steve Jobs
He was quoted saying that in 1985!!! Look how right on his thinking was. We are exactly where he predicted we would be. Amazing.
“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. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.
If you have not listened to his Stanford commencement address, then I highly recommend doing so. It can be found on You Tube. It is honestly the best commencement speech I have ever heard. It is exactly what you need to hear right before you step out into the ‘real world’ for the first time. We have lost an amazing man who has always been so incredibly rich with knowledge. He is truly one of my idols; but luckily for us, his innovations will live on for many years to come.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.