“Steve Jobs was a genius.”
“Steve Jobs changed the world.”
“I want to be like Steve Jobs.”
“Steve Jobs wore black turtle necks and dad sneakers.”
Blah, blah, blah.
We get it. You have a boner for Steve Jobs.
Frankly, I never gave a shit about Steve Jobs.
Fact: Gwenyth Paltrow named her daughter Apple because of the company, not because of the fruit. I’m only kidding. I feel I have to be very clear on this.
On the other hand, he was an fine visionary, and a great businessman—a great fucking businessman. And that was enough (understatement) to take Apple where it is today.
The only thing that impressed me about Jobs was the way he lived his life. He was ruthless in the way he lived; meaning, he never settled. If there is something he wanted, he went and got it. Even after getting fired from the company he founded, Jobs didn’t waste his days sulking and complaining on Facebook about his problems. He instead moved on and started a new company. Steve Jobs was a badass motherfucker in his own regard.
Image courtesy of Surian Soosay.
I was beyond moved when I first saw his 2005 Stanford commencement speech. It was one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever watched. Any time I lose touch of my direction in life, I’ll sometimes refer to his speech to get back on track.
The biggest piece of inspiration was his bit bit on death (9:04), and this is where I want you to really pay attention. Little do you realize on a daily basis how much closer you get to your appointment with our maker. Being oblivious (or straight up ignoring) to your mortality, you procrastinate. You’ll say shit like, “I’ll start tomorrow,” or, “I have plenty of time to start on [insert dream you really want but won’t go after].”
Well, you don’t have time. Because tomorrow will turn into next month, next month will turn into next year, and your excuses end up conquering you.
The next thing you know, you’re old, your time is up, and you’re about to get cleared out by the new. Don’t be these guys.
For the record, I’m not here to be a Debbie Downer.
In plain, un-evolved words, I’m here to tell you to stop being a pussy—to stop being lazy—because “your time is limited,” as Jobs states in his address.
Watch this video and get fired up about the life you have left. No matter what happened in the past, or what is going on in the present, your future is a blank canvas.
Paint your masterpiece. Paint your epoch.