Let me tell you about my morning. I woke up with my kids as usual, and heard on the radio about the passing of Steve Jobs. I went into the kitchen and began to cook breakfast. Pancakes are in the pan, lunches are being prepared, kids are chatting. The Usual.
Then I began to wonder about what is being said since the death of Steve Jobs. So I grab my iPad, Google Steve Jobs, and very quickly find a YouTube link to a speech Steve gave at Stanford in June 2005, entitled “How to live before you die”. So I set my iPad up on the counter, and while I go about the “Jobs” of my morning, I am joined by his voice and the words he shared with the world 6 years ago. Its a great speech, and the link is at the bottom of this post. The themes of vision, intention, intuition, coincidence and perseverance are throughout.
During this experience I look down at myself and am struck by a vision. Remember when it was said computers will be in every home? They will be small enough to carry with you. You will have fridges that can tell you when you are out of milk, and can generate a shopping list for you, and the world will be at your fingertips. I picture a 1950’s poster with a housewife holding her computer saying “what did I ever do without it?!?” The Jetsons. Are you with me?
Flash forward to this morning. I am in my nightclothes cooking breakfast for my kids, my iPad has me connected to a person I never knew. I grab my iPhone and make a note to buy more vanilla for pancakes the next time I’m out. My iPad is propped against the toaster, so I can hear and watch while I do other things. Full tech integration–our constant companions. Computers are in every home (I heard that each home has at least 7 tech devices), and I often say “what did I ever do without it?” I WAS the vision in motion. The vision first seen and held by a visionary.
I don’t know Steve Jobs–where he excelled, and where his growth edges were. I assume he was a perfectly imperfect human, as we all are. Today I acknowledge his vision and “his love for it, even when he was rejected”.
The power of our visions and belief, can not be understated. Belief in your vision, even through adversity, can change your world, AND, change THE world.
Steve Jobs on YouTube