Everyone is commenting on and eulogizing Steve Jobs today. From the profound impact to the inspiring example to the run on black turtlenecks, everyone is feeling, analyzing, and grabbing for their connection today. That connection is a testament to his ability to deliver, not just great products, but a message that resonates. A clear but interpretive, elite but accessible, elegant but basic message. You can think different but subscribe to a movement, its okay. You can be different, but belong something bigger than yourself, its okay. You can prioritize design in your life but still have function and mastery of complexity, its okay. You can be a grown-up and still have a child like wonder, its okay. Matter a fact, all these things are not just okay, they are secrets to true success and inner peace …. at least according to Jobs. Judging by the impact seen by his passing and his summarized achievements, I’d say he was on to something. It was more than bringing personal computing, legal music, or really slick gadgets and lower case branding to the masses. It was connecting with people about why he did it.
Imagine if his passion would have been real estate. Can you imagine someone of his vision and skill able to drastically change how we think about how we use our built and natural environments? Maybe that was a chapter forthcoming that will not be due to our still lacking ability to conquer cancer. Maybe that is the charge of another Jobs type persona waiting to come and is now taking to heart the wisdom of Job’s actions and words.
For that person I will say take it back to the best message I connected with from him. ‘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.’ That’s apple we can all can take a bite out of and get a sweet taste.
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