Last Friday evening, I happened upon a large crowd outside the Apple Store in downtown Palo Alto. Although I’m not an Apple user, I knew that there was a new product release and I just assumed that was the reason for people gathering outside of the store. I’ve heard about those types of crowds before, where fans stand in line for 24 hours to get the latest Apple product.
As I inched my way through the crowd, I was surprised to see that they were not waiting to get in, rather, they were there reading the hundreds of notes people had posted on the front window in honor and memory of Steve Jobs. I don’t think I have ever seen that many Post-it notes in my life, but there they were. Many expressed thanks to him for being a such and amazing visionary, others voiced what a terrific boss he had been, and still more paid tribute to the legacy he leaves behind.And then I came across a note with a quote on it. I wasn’t sure who wrote it but I was moved by the words – so much so that I wrote down the first few sentences, thinking I could check who the author was when I got home later that evening.
In my home office I am surrounded by pictures of my children, of trips I have taken, and quotes that have meant something to me at various stages of my life. I added a new quote to the bulletin board this past weekend:
“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.” Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Even without using Apple products, I have to admit I’m inspired by the life and words of Steve Jobs.