In honor of Steve Jobs, let’s take every opportunity to pursue our dreams and focus on what it is most important to us. In the hours since his passing I have reflected on how much he not only emphasized in his words but more importantly lived his life pursuing his passion. He built his career, Apple, and Pixar on his unique vision of what was possible, impacting our world in ways we could not have imagined.
Touching tribute articles have reflected on how committed Steve Jobs was to delivering the ultimate customer experience using his keen sense of every design detail to ensure every font, bell, and whistle was just right. He said “Design is not just what it looks like. Design is how it works.” He meticulously thought through how the devices and experiences he created would feel to people who used them.
Yet he also ensured that his vision was executed. He shipped. Regularly.
When we sense we are spending more time on meetings, emails, and other minutia of daily life that don’t help us achieve our dreams, let’s stop a minute and think about what we most want to accomplish that will really matter to us. Looking back later, what will I be glad I did? Attended another meeting? Connected with people? Launched a product, program, or company that will make a difference? What will it take to make that happen?
As Steve Jobs said so eloquently in his famous Stanford commencement speech, “your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” I am grateful for the amazing impact Steve Jobs made on our world that will be felt for generations to come.