I stopped in at a library yesterday and came upon a meeting of Macintosh users. They were showing a video of Stephen Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford.
Jobs is one of my heroes.
Twenty-eight years ago the Macintosh graphic user interface made it possible for me to start using a computer–the most important tool of our times—without having to learn a lot of nerdy keyboard language
In 1984, he lost a power struggle with his board of directors and lost his job at Apple. A few months later he started another computer company. NeXT. Twelve years later Apple bought NeXT, and Steve got his old job back.
A couple of years ago, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer—one of the nastiest characters you could ever meet. A biopsy revealed it was a rare form that was operable.
In his speech at Stanford he shared what he learned from the trajectories and crashes in his life.
“Death is a destination we all share. . . . Remembering you are going to die helps you remember you have nothing to lose.”
Of all his comments my favorite is one: “There is a the lightness of being a beginner again.” — which explains why the last year has been one of the best of my life.
Last week Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple.
Steve, if you are reading this, think about a Year on the Road.