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Three Lessons I Learned from Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs’ Perspective On Life – 3 Lessons

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: Anyone can cook. But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.” – Anton Ego from the Pixar film Ratatouille.

I was saddened to learn about the death of Steve Jobs. The reason was, I felt he had more to give the world, but then I stopped to ponder what he left us.

Steve Jobs was one of the pioneers that brought personal computers (Macitosh) to our homes though his company called Apple. He also gave us such things as the Ipod, ITouch, IPhone and IPad. He also changed the way we viewed children’s movies through the company he founded called Pixar. They gave us just films like Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Cars, Find Nemo, Ratatouille and Up. These films will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

I was compelled to review some articles and videos in my archives. The exercise left my deeply moved by what I reviewed.

Here are just a few of the lessons I learned from Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address 2005

1. Pursue Your Dream of Purpose: Many times people feel compelled to advise you toward the goals and dreams they have for you. Many times these people are our loved ones that have excellent intentions for our lives. Just make sure that you are pursuing those goals and dreams because it is what you want. Do not waste your short time on earth pursuing careers or goals that do not fulfill your sense of purpose.

2. Do What You Love: Many people stay in careers and jobs because it is safe and secure. Often as they reach their twilight years they tend to spend time reflecting on things they wish they would have done. I was told something a long time ago, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” I believe this wholeheartedly. People tend to excel and earn more when they love what they do.

3. Make Each Day Count: Reading about Steve Jobs cancer diagnosis and his feelings about it made me understand more that life is TRULY remarkable. People throughout the day ask me how I am. I answer most of the time with, “Outstanding!” They usually follow up my reply asking me why. I give the same answer every time. I say, “I am alive and I can tell people how much I love and care for them. I can still make an impact to the world.” Being alive is the greatest gift. Make each of your days count.

These are the three lessons I learned from Steve Jobs. Take the time to read or watch his commencement speech. I would love to know what lessons you took from the article.

Goodbye, Steve Jobs. Thanks for leaving the world a changed place.

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