“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.”
— Steve Jobs, 2005 Commencement, Stanford University
Jobs submitted his resignation to the Apple Board of Directors today.
I’ve on occasion been labeled an Apple fanboy. I’m perfectly happy to wear that label. I for one find an uncompromising approach to user-centered design, and technology that delights its users, to be wholly admirable and laudable traits. While I rather suspect I might not have wanted to work for him, I’m grateful for the extraordinary efforts and remarkable results of Jobs’ relentless pursuit of not merely excellence, but of clarity, of sublimity, and of products that actually solve the wants and needs of the folks who use them. More, I’m grateful for the tremendous impact that Jobs has had on the technology industry as a whole, which is itself far better off for having elected him its chief iconoclast these many years.
Thanks, Steve. Best wishes. And, be well.