Friday, October 7, 2011 | By: Angela Brown


This Friday, no rants about what's irking me.  Steve Jobs, apparently, did a whole lot more than I ever imagined.  However, his passing has reminded me of something important.


Existing is cool.  Subsistence keeps you among the living, but to live is something a bit more.  No, I'm not expecting to have a Steve Jobs lifestyle.  I don't have a fraction of his wealth to attempt a fraction of what he probably did.  But when I get to thinking of what I just can't do, I'll have to take a moment and realize what I CAN do and live my life to the fullest with the whole gusto of what I've been given.

So, in life, Apple came out with the Mac, iPod, iPhone, iTunes, iPad, iRidiculousness (okay, so not the last one but you catch my drift) under the helm of Steve Jobs.  His impact on this world is better described by Wil Wheaton at his blog post here.  Steve Jobs's commencement address at Stanford in 2005 (youtube) and his quotes are probably trending the search engines like wildfire.

Steve Jobs made his mark.  In his passing, he makes a final remark: Live.

He lived his about you?


LD Masterson said...

To quote the great Erma Bombeck - I have to believe you only go around once in life, but if you play your cards right, it's enough.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We all have a lot more potential - and need to strive to find it.

1000th.monkey said...

What I like best about Steve Jobs is that he never sacrificed quality in order to sell a higher quantity. I think that's an excellent lesson we writers can take away from him.

Always produce the best work you can, even if you know you can turn out a half-assed product and still ship millions.

Angela Brown said...

@ LD - Sometimes, I think we can forget to play the cards we're given, wishing for another hand. I've occasionally caught myself at that a time or two.

@ Alex - Very true!!!

@ 1000th.monkey - There are a lot of writers who have the found the balance in producing quality and quantity. I don't know if that would be me cause I tend to pour so much into my stories.

Maria Zannini said...

Ever since I was a kid, in the back of my mind, I always knew what I wanted to accomplish and I made my plans with those things in mind.

Writing was a total fluke. It never occurred to me to write until someone mentioned it. --so now it's part of my portfolio of life's work.

Sherry Parker said...

When that overwhelming realization hits you - you know the one - like the 'aha' moment when the apple fell on Isaac Newton's head? Yeah, that one. When it hits you..."life is too short",you start getting busy living instead of sleep walking!

That's what drives me to follow my dreams!

I enjoy your blogs girl!

Sara Biren said...

I've been thinking a lot about this topic this week as well. Particularly yesterday when I was sitting in a seminar about Benefits Compliance for 2012 and it hit me like a ton of bricks: WHAT AM I DOING HERE?

I should be writing!

Hard to be patient sometimes, though, isn't it?

Cate Masters said...

He certainly was remarkable, and I admired his humble demeanor. He knew how to focus on his dream, an inspiring feat today.

Angela Brown said...

@ Maria - it sounds like you've tried to "live" with each thing you've tackled. That's really cool.

@ Sherry - Thanks sweetie! Now if I could just win that jackpot so I can concentrate on my dream :-)

@ Sara - Oh goodness, I have a lot of those "I should be writing!" moments too.

@ Cate - Jobs definitely made living his dream a daily affair.

Francesca Zappia said...

Great post. After Wednesday, I saw a lot of news stories about the possibility of Apple suffering because of the loss of Steve Jobs. And then they kind of got me worrying about it.

But the other part of me feels like this just leaves the door open for another great person to step in and take his place.

Angela Brown said...

Very true, Francesca. Perhaps the Next Dreamer will take advantage of the moment and dare to bring forth the next technical "big thing".

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Steve Jobs' death is definitely a huge loss. So much can be learned from this amazing person.

I have a lot of dreams and I live many of them although not all. One day maybe I can say I live most of my dreams :-) I'm trying to get there.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I certainly put Jobs up there with Edison and Bell and even Franklin. I am a bit mirky on the part were he did ship a lot of jobs to China and heck if he did I understand why.
Your message is a good one. Live and Live your dream. I am doing my best:)

Angela Brown said...

@ Angela - keep living those dreams. I'll keep checking out your posts to see the wonderful results.

@ Doreen - I expect his every decision to be parsed in death as it was in life, one exception being that in life he had a willing microphone at the ready to shoot back his retorts. I hope he'll go to the light and leave the retorts to his loyal fans.

CHULALA said...

great post n blog bdw come by n check awt my fashion blog n lets follow each other lyk twitter :)

J.L. Campbell said...

I too had no idea just how big a contribution Steve Jobs made. Good idea to live our dreams and stop getting sidetracked the all that we think is lacking in our lives.

Angela Brown said...

@ Chulala - thanks for stopping by. I haven't launched into Twitter yet but I'd love to stop by your blog.

@ J.L. Campbell - it's often someone losing a life that reminds us how important it is for us to live ours.

Tia said...

Nice! I see no point in doing any thing but living life to its fullest. Which is why I usually ignore TV and pack my life full of activities.

Yes, you can safely call me a dreamer. Steve Jobs died entirely too young.

Nadja Notariani said...

Love that one word.

Live - verb. dwell - reside - exist - inhabit - subsist
adjective. living - vivid - active

'You ask for things that you may enjoy life. You were given life that you may enjoy all things.'

I can't remember where I heard this quote, but I've always remembered it. It's appropriate to your word of the day.

Have a great week, Angela. ~ Nadja

Angela Brown said...

@ Tia - Awesome! Keep living life to the fullest :-)

@ Nadja - That is a quote with much food for thought. Thanks so much for sharing it and have a great week as well.

Anonymous said...

Existing is cool ... simple, yet profound. He is an inspiration because he was a life changer. Not sure if those at Apple are life changers, no matter how gifted and talented they are. Let's hope Bean Counters don't take over the company.

Angela Brown said...

@ Stephen - I'm with you there.

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