Yeah, I’m going totally stray from this blog’s purpose (something regulars are quite accustomed to anyway) and join the millions sharing their thoughts on Steve Jobs.
I was at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art when the alert of Jobs’ death appeared on my phone. I was sitting in a crowd, listening to a brilliant architect, Jon Pickard, share the inspiration for his design of Devon Energy Center. I was marveling at the incredible changes I’ve been blessed to witness over 20 years. And there it was – the end of an era with Steve Jobs.
My first connection to Apple was back in high school, when my parents bought me my first computer – an Apple IIc. It was wonderful – word processing, a spread sheet program and plenty of cool games. Twenty-five years later I see his iPad as the last, best hope for journalism in the future to not just survive, but thrive.
I could go on and on about Jobs’ extensive patents. He was our generation’s Thomas Edison. And in his 2005 speech at Stanford, he leaves us inspiration for moving forward, especially in this difficult time we’re in today. It’s ok to be creative. It’s good to be creative. It’s good to actually love what you for a living. Yeah, there maybe some narrow minded folks in management who don’t subscribe to such ideas, who feel threatened if they have underlings who aren’t tied to a desk all day obsessed with following company policy. Jobs inspires us to break free of such shackles – even if it results in getting fired (an experience he dealt with personally at age 30).
It’s a tug-of-war that will continue forever.
“Stay hungry, stay foolish.” It doesn’t get any simpler than that.
RIP Steve Jobs.