A few quotes, and a summary of the things I’ve been reading around the web.
“What’s really great is to be open when [the work] is not great. My best contribution is not settling for anything but really good stuff, in all the details. That’s my job — to make sure everything is great.”
“No one wants to die, even people who want to go to Heaven don’t want to die to get there,” he told the Stanford graduates. “And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent; it clears out the old to make way for the new … Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
From Wired Magazine’s profile of Steve Jobs.
Other reactions: Scott Rhodie, Ryan Tate (some swearing), Josh Harris, A post on Steve Jobs’ worldview, Nathan Bingham, Nathan Campbell, a screen capture on the Daily Telegraph going too far with their headline by dave miers, the Westborough Baptists announcing their plans to picket Steve’s funeral (from an iPhone).
Many people are referencing this video: Transcript of Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech (6M views at time of posting).
And this ad, voiced by Steve, about the people who changed the world.
Update: lots more videos on this blog post.
It was an odd feeling today, watching the news of Steve Jobs’ death break on TweetDeck on my MacBook Air, not really wanting to shout it out to other people in the office, not really wanting to watch twitter as it was immediately overrun by pithy quotes, the inevitable black jokes. Has it really been ten years since the iPod first launched? What have I been doing with my life (married, one and a half masters degrees, a mortgage, having two kids, four or five different jobs)?
I’m hoping to take away from today a sense of making the most of the time that is given. Time is short, and it’s too easy to be wrapped up in the urgent while neglecting the important. I’m spending a lot of time learning about theology, and precious little time talking to people (and listening to them) about their take on Jesus. Am I working on the things that are the best use of my time? Am I even managing to spend enough time reflecting on my life so I know how to answer that question?