I cherish my iPad2, iPhone4, MacBookAir, and iPod — ever since I started using Apple products, the productivity and accessibility of my life has accelerated. Steve Jobs didn’t just change the world and revolutionize technology, he changed my world and revolutionized my ability to impact the world with the assistance of the tools he provided.
Earlier this summer, while at a restaurant in the vielle ville of Nice, France, I met the yacht crew who tended to Steve Jobs and his family for his last Mediterranean cruise. The drunken crew who allowed their secret passenger’s identity to slip were vibrant and passionate about their job — a crew that surely must have sat well within Job’s ideology of loving what you do.
Let us honor this great American innovator by abiding by his counsel of loving what we do. Let us never settle on matters of the heart, and let us never live someone else’s life. It takes great courage to follow our heart and intuition, but we can take heart in knowing that living life in such a way can in fact be done. Live in a way that, like Jobs, you always remember that you have nothing to lose.
Almost everything: all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure.These things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking that you have something to lose. – Steve Jobs