Ever since Steve Jobs died I’ve been thinking about my life. This is a big deal for me because, aside from the obvious empathy I feel towards death, dying and the deceased in general, I really don’t give a crap about fame or famous people. But then again, none really inspired me and that’s where Steve Jobs comes in. I’ve always liked Apple, they make awesome products and I own a few. Besides the fact that they are user friendly, they are also stylish. It takes a lot for someone to invest in styling something that will probably get used and abused. But that’s what’s Steve Jobs did, he made something that was to others “just a computer” and made it into this sexy piece of equipment that you could display with pride. He transformed it. He took the mundane and revamped it, not because he had to, but because he heard a different drummer. These are the things that I have been thinking about lately, thanks to Steve Jobs. Beyond all his beautiful thoughts, and spoken words, the one idea that resonates is that I should love what I do, and if I don’t love it, find a way to make it lovable or leave.
Some days, I’m not afraid to get the ax. I know it would be a painful thing, but perhaps just the thing to get me moving. I think about the people who have left their jobs and gone on to take big risks, work harder, make peanuts and be the happiest most satisfied people. When you do what you love, no one can steal your joy. By now, the ink is dry on all the stories one can write about Steve Jobs, his death is no longer news, it’s just old news. Some are still reeling from the loss, others are downloading new versions of IOS5 and moving on with their lives. I’m going to take a little time and keep Steve Jobs in my thoughts and see what I can learn about life from him.