“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
My heart is sad. Today the world lost one of my heroes. Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers, was one of those individuals in the 5% who was truly self-actualized, who was his authentic self. Steve Jobs gave a 2005 Stanford University graduation commencement address.. The speech will be remembered as one of the most profound statements of love and compassion made by someone of his stature. Though he does not call it by the name, he speaks about the authentic self, about finding yourself, then finding your passion (that which you love) and giving your passion to the world. Make time to listen to the address. Please share your impressions. Please post your comments and I will gladly and with my heart reply to all of them.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.– Steve Jobs, 2005
Steve Jobs was one of my heroes and had it not been for his innovations perhaps technology may not have been an integral part of my life. I now consider myself an artsy girl geek. I love my Apple computers and gadgets. My first computer was that very first Apple Macintosh. It had 127k of memory and I upgraded to 512k and I thought it was really powerful. That summer was spent with half eaten sandwiches beside the computer as I excitedly began my journey in desktop publishing. I could type and print, combine images with words, all my art teaching handouts became totally transformed. For the next five years, I typed and word processed my handouts into my first self published GBC bound series of books—now called the Art Work Book Series. Next I was ask to be the TAEA Editor of their cut and paste and literally use scissors and glue newsletter, I only agreed to be the editor if they would allow it to be the state’s first electronically desktop published newsletter. They agreed. Adobe Pagemaker was the software of choice and the renamed TAEA Star was born.
Steve Jobs talks about the concept of desktop publishing in this commencement when he reflects on a time when he took a calligraphy class and never thought that he would use that knowledge until this first computer when he used the fonts embedded in this new innovative technology.
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
My life was changed in the most amazing ways because of Steve Jobs and his courage to invent these new and innovative technologies.It was after that first summer and my first Macintosh SE computer that it became evident to me that unless my very talented art students knew technology, they would be unprepared for the future workforce that was sure to be technological. For over thirteen years, I wrote grant after grant to integrate technology into our already successful FBISD art programs. The grant readers would call me to say that it was a beautifully written grant however they were giving the grant monies to math and science classes who needed it most.
Fast forward, over a decade later, my presentations at the state and national level were done using borrowed upgraded Apple equipment and their staff ( Thanks David McCall)who assisted me by building the presentations and even running them while I spoke to a hungry and unskilled audience about the necessity of each of us as educators learning and effectively integrating these new technologies. Then one of those nagging ideas came to me to put computer labs on site at the national and state conferences. We (a group of like minded people) did that successfully in the most serendipitous effortless ways positively impacting all who attended those conferences and eventually their students. The next confirmation was receiving two of the greatest honors as TAEA’s Texas’ Secondary Art Educator of the Year, then months later being notified that my colleagues had selected me as NAEA’s Secondary Art Educator of the year. Walking off the stage in San Francisco after being honored, James Clark, at the time the art coordinator of Aldine ISD School, told me that I was the one to start and create Texas’ first electronic media program in a very high end Mac lab—finally my “dream come true.” My very talented students combined exemplary traditional skills with digital skills and together we experienced technological breakthroughs that were shared in publishing opportunities with 18 feature articles in School Arts, and Digital Studio Projects with McGraw Hill-Glencoe, and graphic design opportunities out in the world with Cynthia Woods Pavillion and winning third place in the nation in Xerox’s Strut Your Stuff competition.
“I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.”[NBC Nightly News, May 2006]
All of these things resulted in my life because of Steve Jobs and his visionary innovation like a ripple effect on humanity.He has impacted millions of lives in such a positive way. It reminds me of one of my favorite Melville quotes about how we are all connected and cannot live for ourselves alone. “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being,”Heaven, however has gained a new technological genius with whom we now have high speed access. Remember the wisdom and life modeled by Jobs. Listen to your intuitive nudges, then take action to bring them to fruition.Steve Jobs did and as a result the world is a better place.
“Don’t let the noise of other ‘s opionions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary”
“ Each morning when I wake up I look in the mirror and ask myself.”If today were the last day of my life, would I want to be doing what I am doing…and when the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, then I know I need to change something.”