Tomorrow February 24, would have been Steve Jobs’ 60th birthday. Steve’s contribution wasn’t invention.
Technology breakthroughs didn’t come out of his basement the way they did from Land or Tesla. Instead, his contribution was to have a point of view. To see something and say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. To not only have a point of view, but to change it when the times demanded.
Most of all, to express that point of view, to act on it, to live with it.
Steve really didn’t set out to change the world, he only wanted to make products that were ‘insanely great’. In doing so, he revolutionized multiple industries. If we think of Mother Theresa’s words’ ‘“In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” Steve obsessed about the little things, the product pack, the way the motherboards looks inside the computer even though customers will never see them.
Think of your job as your art,your statement to the world and contribution you will leave behind if you are not here anymore. Steve passed away 4 years ago, yet generations will remember his contributions. Just because he cared about the little things.
In Steve’s words:
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it”.