Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs

I am saddened by the loss of Steve Jobs tonight. If there was an Edison or Einstein who walked among us in my life time, it was him. Many today are focusing on his leadership and vision for Apple, but I hope that his contributions to storytelling and the arts won’t be missed in all of the focus on technology. It was Jobs that insisted to Eisner at Disney that animation could be used to tell great stories at Pixar that would speak to all ages. I hope that his death today will inspire new generations of innovators, creators, and storytellers who will always marry what is innovative with what is human.

Steve Jobs did not have a perfect career. He was a college drop-out. He had very public conflicts with executives like Eisner and Sculley. He suffered from a ravaging disease. He was fired by the Board from the corporation he created. But he also was resilient, returning years later to lead that same company into its best years, and his career expanded further than he ever imagined possible to truly shape the world. I love these quotes from him at his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University that sum up his life and career, and I can’t think of anything that better encapsules what I’ve learned in my own life to this point:

“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart…”

“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. …

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. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

And this, from his sister’s eulogy of Steve, on his final moments:

“Steve’s final words, hours earlier, were monosyllables, repeated three times.

Before embarking, he’d looked at his sister Patty, then for a long time at his children, then at his life’s partner, Laurene, and then over their shoulders past them.

Steve’s final words were:


2 Responses to “Rest In Peace, Steve Jobs”
  1. Brad Watson says:

    Thank you so much Todd for this thoughtful rememberance. The quotes mentioned resonate with me, confirm so much of my own journey, and challenge me to keep moving forward. It’s interesting the various “packages” on this planet that SPIRIT delights in using to teach us about life and what really matters…. Thanks for shining YOUR bright light as well!

  2. toddbouldin says:

    Thanks so much Brad! The memories of your spirit and light still brighten my path.

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