Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish

I got the news last night that Steve Jobs had passed away and much like everyone else, have been reflecting on his work and the innovations he helped inspire. I didn't know him personally. I never had the opportunity to meet him or interview him. I just used the products his company invented. In grade school, I learned "keyboard" on one of the earliest Macintosh computers. My first home desktop computer was an Apple—as was my second. My first laptop, you guessed it: a Mac (followed by several others as the years and technology progressed. While my first mobile phone was a huge Nokia, when I finally graduated to a smartphone I turned to the iPhone (and won't look back now). For music…an iPod of course—and I have several floating around my house. And now as tablet PCs make their way into the mainstream, an iPad2 sits beside me on my desk. Apple has been a part of my life for close twenty-five year (if not more) and I couldn't imagine a world without the products Jobs' vision—and the thousands of dedicated researchers and developers—created. For the graphic arts industry especially, the impact Jobs had on it will be everlasting. With the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, the world of computing changed forever. At that time, the Mac ran on a 32-bit processor, had 128K of memory, and a unique graphical user interface. "The Mac’s impact wasn’t just felt on people who bought it in the ’80s, though: in hindsight, it quite literally redefined what a computer was. Microsoft introduced its Windows program as a reaction to it; by 1995 Windows had duplicated Apple’s graphical interface. Essentially every personal computer in existence now follows most of the paradigms introduced by the original Mac more than a quarter-century ago," as was reported in an article about Steve Job's career by Macworld Staff. And we all know how the personal computer progressed from that point on—up to now, where my phone has more memory and processing power than the first desktop computer I purchased in the early 1990s. Steve Jobs was an innovator. He was "one of the crazy ones". He was a visionary. He was also a man who was able to inspire several generations of people around the globe. In the Stanford University Commencement address on June 12, 2005, Jobs then Apple CEO and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, said several things we all do well to remember. "Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith.…You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle…. "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. "When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and Polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions. "Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." Steve Jobs, you will be missed. A Storify Story Collection Steve Jobs: A Visionary of our Times