Steve Jobs: How to live before you die
Typically, my blog is on music. So why did I decide to post about Steve Jobs? Steve is a huge inspiration to me. Quite frankly, if it weren’t for Steve and his vision of the Apple computers, music would not be what it is today. Steve is the Godfather of musical content and catalogue within iTunes. Although very much human, he is a deity. The Mac dates back to the first Commodore computer, which has been instrumental in shaping sounds and inspiring musicians around the globe. I learned how to sequence with the Atari Notator (ancestor to Logic) on the Commodore 64.
Today, I am an avid user with programs such as Logic, Protools, Ableton, Reasons, Record, and Garage Band.
At a 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, Jobs gave three life-altering stories. He began by saying, “You cannot connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect looking backwards.” He dropped out of college to take a calligraphy class. This set precedence for the beautiful typography within Apple’s graphics and Word applications. Other formats followed suit. Jobs believes that even a gut wrenching mistake can and will lead you into your destiny.
Ten years after starting Apple, Jobs got fired from the very same company in which he started. He felt like he was a failure, but realized he still loved what he did. He was free to start over. He pressed on to start the number one animation company in the world, Pixar. Jobs interjected, “You’ve got to find what you love! Keep Looking and don’t settle.”
His last life lesson was regarding death. His doctor informed him that he had pancreatic cancer. He says. “If you live your day as if it was your last, one day you most certainly will be right. Everyday, if you remember that you are going to die while asking yourself do I need to change what I am doing, you will never fear losing anything. Death is the destination we all share. Your time is limited! Don't live someone else’s life (Jobs).”
Jobs, Steve. Filmed in 2005 posted (2009). Steve Jobs: How to live before you die. Retrieved from TED Blog http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_jobs_how_to_live_before_you_die.html