It was quiet in the office when Mike – our technical artist – said aloud, “Take a look at Apple.com”. With the recent release of the iPhone 4S, I was sure that he was talking about that. So, in poor taste, I loudly guessed “Steve Jobs is dead?”. My heart sank when I turned to look at his screen.
Despite his ailing health, the news of Steve’s death was not something that I expected. The man who conquered the world with functional elegance is gone and my deepest sympathies go out to the loved ones he left behind.
In his 2005 Stanford commencement address, he left us with several musings on life, death and happiness.
“If today were the last day of my life would I want to do what I’m about to do today?”
“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.”
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose.”
“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.”
RIP Steve Jobs