October 7, 2011

Y3W: Jobs' Lessons Learned

I have to admit on Wednesday when the news of the death of Steve Jobs broke, I was kind of annoyed.

Now hear me out before you call me a cold black hearted you-know-what.

First off I have a deep distate and dislike of things that "go viral" on Facebook. The death of Steve Jobs went past viral. It went bacterial. It went necrotizing fasciitis.

It was quote after quote from Steve Jobs.

I felt the same way when Osama bin Laden was assisintated and people passed around that quote by Martin Luther King Jr. The one that was wildy incorrect and horribly misquoted? Aw-ful.

Stuff like that irritates me. Call it a pet peeve I guess.

Anyway. It was a bit galling to me that people were freaking out over the death of a guy who invented (is that even the right word) a computer. Yes I felt sad for his wife and kids, excruciatingly so, but I was just kind of ambivalent to it all. It's not like he was Shakespeare.

Then I realized that Steve Jobs changed the way I communicate.

Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb. Big deal. Except. It changed the way man-kind lived forever. Our children study him.

He is quoted over and over again "I did not fail. I simply learned 1,000 ways not to make a lightbulb." teaching us that even if we fail, we can still learn something from our failure.

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Big deal. Except. EXCEPT. It forever changed the way man-kind communicates and our children also study him.

These men who are revered for their qualities of imagination and perserverance are the predecesors for men like Steve Jobs.

One day my children will study Steve Jobs and the hugely amazing impact he made on our society on our sociology.

And upon re-reading, briefly, succinctly he said a few of the things I want my daughter to learn in her life.

"I want to put a ding in the universe."

"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things; they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
"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."

Evie Darling,

Follow your heart and make your mark upon this world. Trust in the love of your family, and your faith in God. Set the world on fire baby girl, never be afraid to be a round peg in a square hole and always know that YOU, your very presence, your very being is the greatest ding I've ever put in the universe.

forever and ever,