Steve Jobs On Ideas, Daring And Something To Lose

From a forum post (for the writer’s software Scrivener) on the sad announcement that Steve Jobs has died:

And finally, he (Steve Jobs) gave a talk that I attended: first a slide show, and then a Q & A with the crowd. He was looking to encourage students to apply for jobs at Apple. One remark he made stuck with me:

“I am looking for people who have not only ideas, but the ability to manufacture them. If you don’t have a passion for building your ideas, we will never get along.”

We may be mourning not only the loss of a colorful individual, but the spirit of daring and freedom that characterized his generation. He was the oddest combination of counter-culture hippy and shrewd entrepreneur; those two types rarely exist in the same person.

You can hear it in this line from his 2005 address at Stanford: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”

Above, Steve and Laurene Jobs – picture credit here (nice to see him with a natural, warm smile).

Update: There are of course a flood of mainstream posts on Steve Jobs. A slightly different and very interesting one that tries to distinguish between the man and the myth is on the BBC News Magazine:

Jobs died at a time when people trust authority less than ever. The technology he created and the image he projected sold consumers a possible solution.

“People are desperately craving the idea that they can do things in a different way because they don’t trust the way it was done before,” says Mr Gabay. “This sense of non-conforming was exactly what Steve Jobs is about. It’s incredibly attractive, especially today.”

Above all, Jobs promised a lifestyle – you can be cool, you can go against the grain, and you can succeed with those ideas.

“Everyone who buys a Mac says, ‘I’m going to write my novel, I’m going to edit my movie, I’m going to cut that single’,” says Mr Kahney. “It speaks to that creative streak. In reality all they do is sit around and watch Netflix on it.”

When his legion of fans went online to mark his passing, they were saying, “I want to believe.” They were letting the world know that they too, are capable of thinking differently.

Even if they themselves sometimes forgot, Steve Jobs never did.


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