Staying hungry, staying foolish…

When Steve Jobs passed away, I wanted to pay homage to him so I drove down to his residence in Palo Alto and left some flowers in front of his yard (apple garden). Felt a sense of gratitude for his vision and a will to truly change the world. Some see him as a flawed human, I guess that’s a fair assessment. Those with nuanced view, however, see him as embodying zen-like contradictions (which, warrants a separate post, maybe for some other day…)

Jobs asserted his will on to the world by sheer determination and unrelenting focus to bring his vision to life – first through Macs, then iPhones. That was the only way he knew how to put a ‘ding in the universe’ as he once described it.

speaking of Steve’s worldly wisdom, this is probably one of his best quote:

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
– Steve Jobs

so one, including adults, knows what they are doing either. i mean, the world is changing so fast…how can you loose a plot when everyone is just as lost and everyone’s making it up as they go along. In that sense, i think i’d rather prefer to stay hungry, and stay foolish #notetoself.

and of all the portraits of Steve Jobs, to me this one stands out the most. It has a minimal feel to it – other than a tiffany lamp and a couple of vinyl LPs, he apparently only kept audio/sound equipments (GyroDec turntable, Denon tuner, Stasis amp, and Acoustat speakers) in this room. Its almost as if William Morris was whispering ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ to him. The detail and beauty is in the things you don’t see!

jobs-finalPhoto: Diana Walker/Getty Images

Stay hungry, Stay foolish – Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement 2005.