Thursday, October 06, 2011

Steve Jobs. You lived YOUR life. You certainly did live it. And you changed ours.

Steve Jobs.  Even if so many people, and I, did not like you precious walled gardens that you tried to keep us inside, you made technology pleasurable for so many others, no matter their age and knowledge. “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with humanities, that yields the results that make our hearts sing.” Hopefully, others will be just as holistic in their approach. Not sure. But I’m quite certain, your legend will continue to be a muse for so many among us. After all, you did "put a ding in the universe" as you dreamed, and the universe misses you already.

Thank you for seeing a box with silicon and wires with a lot of 1 and 0 in them as the magical devices that you put in the hands of so many. Thank you for being able to see that potential not from the inside as an engineer, nor the outside as a user, but as an Artist, as new kind of Da Vinci. Thank you for packaging these megabytes and megahertz in the elegance of design, both aesthetic and usage. Thank you for putting a heart and a soul in the cold steel, cristals and glass of our gadgets and tools. Thank you for focusing so much on us, the users (even if it was sometimes a little too much for my taste;) Finally, thank you for showing us that, always, “there must be a better way”. And to steal the tagline of the movie The Aviator, “Some men dream the future. [you] built it.”

Above all, thank you for showing how to follow one’s heart and not some quarterly earnings reports (or election cycles) for the long run win. May our CEOs and politicians listen to theirs. Yes, thank you for this life changing quote: (12min17s); you definitely did follow your own advice. It was short, but so much worth living. As you once said "your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life", you surely lived YOUR life and you changed ours. You lived, you certainly lived. Rest in peace. Down here, we will try to “stay hungry, stay foolish”.

Steve Jobs Stanford speech - quote at 12m17s

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