I got up this morning and turned on my Mac computer to find out that the man who invented it, Steve Jobs had died. I took out my iPhone and texted my daughter. Steve Jobs changed my life.
Without the Mac computer I probably would not have started FAMILY Magazine. It was only because I could figure out how to create a magazine on my computer without a programming degree that I was able to create the magazine without any special training. I learned everything I know about computers by figuring them out by myself. Mac made that possible. I love Mac computers.
I share Job’s view of how you should view your life purpose. He said in his 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, “The only way to do great work is to do what you love.” He was right. He did love his work and he did great work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1R-jKKp3NA
I love what I do. I am not sure if what I do is considered “great work” but I really do love doing it.
So it is with sadness I view Job’s passing. He was truly a great visionary. I have heard his address to Stanford several times. If you have not seen or heard it, you really should watch it. He closes with a story about the Whole Earth Catalog. I remember the Whole Earth Catalog and when I started FAMILY Magazine I had the thought that if they could publish Whole Earth Catalog, I could publish a magazine as well.
Steve Jobs ended his speech at Stanford with the final quote from Whole Earth Catalog, “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.” This is great advice for a young person just starting out. I would add, find your passion.
Steve, we will miss you and your innovation.