I can never claim to be an Apple fangirl. I don’t own even one Apple product ’cause I find them too expensive—yes, I am one of those technologically cynical ones settling for basic things as long as they can provide what I need. On the other hand, I do have many Apple-fanboy friends (e.g. Rodz, John, Wil, Rap, etc) who every once in a while pitch something Apple-related to our conversations.
I’ve learned a lot from Steve Jobs—and the funny thing is that I didn’t realize that I did.
1) I’ve learned to be crazy.
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the rebels, the troublemakers, the ones who see things differently. While some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
That changed my life so much to the point that we used it for our org’s recruitment ad. And I did just realize that I’ve been living this way for the past year. I think most people find me crazy with all the things I get into at work and with all the stuff I do on the side. Honestly, I just want to change the world. Thank you, Steve, for reminding me that I can do that.
2) I’ve learned to stay hungry and stay foolish.
“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.”
I apply this in my life in a literal and figurative sense. Literally, I am hungry right now and yes, I know that it’s foolish not to buy food and have dinner. But alas, work calls. And yes, I am writing this as I wait for my ka-meeting to stop being away on MOC. Figuratively, if you work with me in any aspect of my life, I’m sure you know how hungry I am. Most find it bizarre and even laugh at me when I sign up for a lot of things but to be honest, it was never about having something to write in the performance review for me. I just have this innate desire to never settle for what is comfortable. I always join initiatives or activities because I know that there’s something out there to learn and to do. Thank you, Steve, for letting me know that I am not alone in doing this.
3) I’ve learned to make a dent in the universe.
“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here?”
Whenever I join a group or a cause, I make sure that my participation has an effect that will stir up the status quo and hopefully change something for the better. This may seem like trying too much to be an achiever but I have this penchant for positively disturbing people, ideas, and situations. My dream is that in whatever group I join, someday, people can look back and say “Ah, Meki started/changed that…and I’m glad she did ’cause things were never the same again.” Thank you, Steve, for showing me how this needs to be done.
4) I am learning to listen to my inner voice and listen to my heart.
“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 other’s 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.”
This is something I’m still trying to learn. It’s tough to drown out the noise from other people’s opinions sometimes. I usually think about what this person will say when I do this or that and at the end of the day, I am left doing what I don’t want to do. Day by day, though, I’m trying to trust and believe in myself more. I can’t really control what others think but I can definitely steer what my own mind drives towards. Maybe Steve’s passing is a reminder to myself that when I die, I would want to die doing what I love to do and what God has impressed in my heart. Thank you, Steve, for making me realize that.
5) I am learning to value leaving a legacy.
When you die, what kind of legacy would you leave in this world? Would you even have one?
Oh, and how can I forget about this? :)