We are all sad to see the recent passing of Steve Jobs . His passing affects us on various levels because he had so many dimensions. He was a young vibrant family man. He was a cancer warrior. He was a genius, a pioneer, a cowboy. He was a visionary. He was a great businessperson.

He was one of the best career advisors I know.

He exhorted us to be ourselves.

Those words, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Those aren’t typical career advice words.

Be organized. Time Management. Network. Interview Dos and Don’ts. Get a Mentor.” Those are the words we’ve come to expect for career advice.

We’ve read about his empowering Stanford commencement speech that ended with those precise words, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” In that one passionate and intensely personal speech, Jobs generously and eloquently shared his private reflections on life. He exhorted us simply to believe in ourselves. He lived the importance of his words, “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Jobs did stay hungry. His craving to realize his dreams through innovation and excellence and quality lead him to invent and reinvent himself. Not settling for the status quo or succumbing to setbacks, he envisioned and acted on his dreams. His biological parents insisted that his adopted parents send Jobs to college. Jobs didn’t “see the value of” a college education that drained his parent’s life’s savings and so, he dropped out. He trusted that things would be fine. He audited the courses that interested him, slept on friends’ floors, collected soda bottles for redemption money and walked seven miles to a soup kitchen for a good meal. Foolish? Maybe. Maybe not. He stayed hungry.

He has been compared to Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Two other foolish and hungry guys.

Steve Jobs was foolish. Foolish to believe that a man from his humble and checkered background could do what he did. Foolish to think out of the box and create a world of music, photos, video and communication that was accessible and elegant. Foolish to trust himself. He got fired from his own company. Ouch. And went on to create another inspired company that was bought by his first one. He became CEO of the whole shebang. Maybe we all should trust ourselves a bit more.

He was humble enough to admit that luck and loss both contributed to his life’s equation. He considered himself fortunate to have found what he loved to do early in life. He also saw value in the losses in his life. He would say that being fired from Apple was “devastating” but one of the best things that ever happened to him. It freed him from convention and enabled him to think foolishly again. To focus on the hunger. He would say that his cancer diagnosis made him realize that time was limited, so, he advises, “don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

He tapped a nerve in all of us whose lives haven’t taken the traditional routes, who have had struggles and dreams, and see in him hope and inspiration. The guy was abandoned by his birth parents, was a school dropout, fired from his own company, had cancer and yet he was still able to conjure up the inner fortitude and hope to get back on the saddle. To trust that things would work out and that he alone would make them happen.

“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.”



11/04/2016 4:26pm

He's the legend in the field of IT and smartphones. His performance and his ideas lead us to the most advanced laptops and smartphones that we are using today.

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Steve Jobs is one of the well known entrepreneur in the world well who wouldn't for he is the reason why Apple exists. His extraordinary work will not be forgotten by many in fact, most people think that Apple was at the peak of success when Steve Jobs was the one who was managing it. Apple lost a person who contributed his ideas for the better good and right now the products that Apple has to offer only has a few changes. Aside from his works Steve Jobs is able to inspire many people who are struggling and want to get their invention recognize. Steve Jobs work and story will be told for a long time and will continue to inspire.

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