Wednesday, October 5, 2011

stay hungry, stay foolish

i felt like i was punched in the gut when i heard on the radio that steve jobs died today. i don't think more than a week has gone by in the last 20 years where i haven't touched something created by apple. or pixar. he was a true visionary and genius. revisiting the 'think different' campaign with images of wonderful, thought-provoking people such as jane goodall, rosa parks, alfred hitchcock, ghandi, jim henson etc it's not hard to picture him amongst these great thinkers. 

just two days ago i was at apple headquarters in cupertino to begin a project for them. i am so proud to work for this company and truly believe in steve's words, 'you can't connect the dots looking forward. you can only connect them looking backwards. so you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. you have to trust in something. your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even if it leads you off the well worn path. and that will make all the difference.' i went off the well-worn path and somehow i ended up at apple. 

these words apply to every thing i do in my life, in my work and my relationships. life can be messy, confusing and scary. we don't know what lies ahead but we have to work towards a vision of what we want our lives to be like. 

when i close my eyes and think of happiness, i see myself riding my bike with my family, i feel sunshine on my face, i smell the ocean air. i have a feeling of my daughter being safe and secure next to us. togetherness. i don't see the latest shoes or clutch or caftan anywhere in this picture*. so how does my vision slip away so easily? how do i get so caught up in things that are just not important? days like these are meant as a time of reflection. to pause and think of a greatness of a life and how you too can impact the lives of those around you. even in the littlest way.

thank you steve.

quotes from his 2005 commencement address - the best 14 minutes you could possibly spend on youtube.

*not to say those things aren't fun!

15 comments:

  1. Beautifully writ. Those words of his- one of my favorite quotes.

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  2. you couldn't have expressed your heart (and mine) better. i had the same feeling when i read the news about steve...like a rock sunk to the bottom of my chest. what an amazing man and human being to have lost. that quote you included is breathtaking. what a mantra. so glad you wrote.

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  3. What a beautiful quote. RIP Steve.

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  4. I felt so heavy yesterday when I found out. We love Apple products SO much around here and we truly think Steve Jobs was an incredible visionary! He will be greatly missed and look at how much he impacted the WORLD in his short 56 years!

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  5. Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  6. Feeling the same. His life, work and words have been such an inspiration in my household. His life was certainly well utilized, if not quite long enough. ahh, tears again. Beautiful, beautiful post.

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  7. I agree so very much with everything you said, and with Steve Jobs' take on life. That speech at Stanford is my mantra, but what you said about losing sight of things resonated SO much. I have a vision of a happy life/future, and it doesn't involve boots and rings and purses, but you still tend to forget about that in the day-to-day moments of life.

    What project are you working on for Apple?! If we are allowed to know. How exciting!

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  8. Beautifully said. I was so sad when I heard--much sadder than I would have expected. But, listening again to that 2005 commencement address, things don't seem so sad after all. This is a man who really seemed to live every moment to the fullest. If only we could all do that...

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  9. I love that quote, but I love what you wrote just as much. I, too, lose sight of what is important so very often. Thank you for the reminder to keep my eye on, and my heart with, my family. xo

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  10. Amen.
    Gifts he gave in life- will grow on.
    Lessons he taught in death- inspire us to...
    thank you sister.

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  11. love your refreshing words and interpretation of S. Jobs quote. thanks for the reminder.

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  12. Hi Elizabeth,
    First, I really love and enjoy your blog. I can't even remember how I first found you, but I instantly took to it. Your blog calms me and reminds me to slow down. I haven't visited in a while due to your holiday, but I returned today to all this goodness; especially the very beautiful homage you pay to Steve Jobs. When I heard about Jobs passing, like many I was very shaken up by it, and I immediately knew I wanted to write something on my blog in his honor. I listened to his entire Stanford commencement speech, "rewinding" it MANY times. There were two quotes that particularly spoke to me and (like you) "connecting the dots" was one of them. It's a powerful concept, right? Sorry for the long comment, just felt compelled to share, and to say you have had a (little ;) impact on my life...Warmest Regards, Theresa

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  13. Hi,
    Well put—all of it. I share a similar vision of happiness and am grateful for each day that I achieve at least some of it. Glad I found this!

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