I shook my head as I walked out of the Information Session with hundreds of other “dazed and confused” parents learning about the horrible and inefficient NYC school process.
Almost in response, my twitter feed started BUZZING like crazy…
Steve Jobs had passed away.
We'll Miss You Steve Jobs
The news hit me like the M57 bus.
It sent chills up my spine.
One of the most influential icons of our generation had finally, but somewhat expectedly left us. I was in a daze the entire walk home. I just kept thinking to myself:
Where would we be in this world without his contributions?
Mouse, Personal Computers, Windows, iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes (legal music), Pixar… What else?
All of Facebook and Twitter buzzed incessantly all night with his quotes, his speeches, his contributions. The world seemed to stop and pay him homage and it was very touching. A lot of the same stuff was passed around, but in particular, i found his famous graduation speech at Stanford especially powerful.
Best quotes from that speech:
“You’ve got to find what you love… 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 great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. And 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 go on. So keep looking, don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
“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 is ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” – Steve Jobs
“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 other’s 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
In an effort not to forget that night, I put some of the quotes where I would see them every morning… both printouts and digitally. To be honest, I had never actually felt this sad for someone I had never met. The feeling was so powerful, that I thought to myself, is this a sign? Is someone telling me I should do something about the problems I see?
We’ll see, but it definitely stepped up my game a notch.