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. ~ Steve Jobs
News last week of the passing of Apple guru Steve Jobs left many folks wondering about the future of technology, not just the future of one technology company. Without question, the creative mind of Steve Jobs changed the world.
There are not many people who can get up in the morning, every morning, go through their day, do their job, live their life minute by minute, and after some finite repetition of that routine, make the world they wake up to a different and a better place. It rarely happens. If the world is lucky, it does once a century or so. For my generation, I agree with the commentators who liken him to Edison, Ford, the Wrights, or other great innovators and inventors whom we consider ahead of their time, who changed the world they lived in. And when they pass, especially younger than expected, the world often wonders what else it has lost in addition to someone who believed in his dreams enough to face them, tackle them, live them.
One of my favorite series of posters was the series Apple computer did with the “Think Different” slogan and the black and white portraits of those who accomplished that. My husband, an Apple user since the mid-1980s and fan of Jobs from that time on, purchased several of them. Alfred Hitchcock looms over my desk, right next to the iconic runner from the infamous 1984 commercial (updated in 2004 to carry an iPod of course). Amelia Earhart watches me on my office wall, appropriate since I work among aviation items. A few more are tucked away in the closet, and several more are on the wish list.
But in addition to the beauty of the photographs, it is the sentiment, the idea, the drive behind the slogan that motivates me — think different. A daily challenge, a motivation to try something new, or something old a different way. To change what I can, even if it is only myself, for a moment.
So I’ll gather up my original iPod mini (still going strong 6 years later), my iPhone, and iPad while the iMac is posting this and shutting down. And say a brief prayer for peace for the passing of someone who embodied what he believed and made it happen, changing the world for the rest of us.
Think different….. to infinity and beyond.