Final Thoughts on Steve Jobs
In his commencement address to Stanford University graduates in 2005, Jobs said, in part:
Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
WC admires the spiritualism, and especially the courage, in those words. If you season them with true genius – and WC believes Jobs was a genius at many levels – you have the complete recipe for changing the world.
It may be that that kind of unblinking spiritualism, that kind of unflinching self-courage, is even rarer than genius.
RIP, Steve Jobs. WC’s thoughts are with your family. You changed the world for the better.