Sunday, October 9, 2011

Follow Your Heart

This week the world lost a creative genius, Steve Jobs.

To tell the truth, I didn’t know a lot about the man or his role in today’s electronic world . . . until I happened across a speech he’d given to a Stanford University graduating class. No, he didn’t attend Stanford. In fact, in what I’ve learned was his trademark, unassuming manner, he told the seniors that addressing them was the closest he’d ever gotten to graduating from college. Steve Jobs was a college drop-out.

Without the slightest trace of regret, he indicated it had been an economic decision. But that it turned out to be one of the smartest things he’d ever done. Why? Because it “freed” him to “drop in” on other, non-required classes--as he searched for what he wanted to do with his life.

He followed his heart. And look how that turned out. Think Apple. Think personal computers. Think iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMac, and iTunes. Jobs, in that aforementioned speech, said that during his self-described “drop-in” period he slept on the floor of a friend’s dorm room, collected cans and bottles for money to buy food, and walked seven miles across town every Sunday for a hot meal.

Today, in memory, the media is calling Jobs a “visionary.” But he would probably dispute that label since he said that it’s impossible to look into the future and “connect the dots.” That it is only when a person looks back that he or she can see how the dots connect. Think computer mouse and computer animation. Think electronic ink. Think electronic books….

Thank you, Steve Jobs, for following your heart.

by Ramona Butler

(Think Border Heat, now available in electronic format from ChampagneBooks.com)

11 comments:

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Beautiful tribute, Ramona. Steve Jobs will be missed, but he left the world a better place electronically, and stired imagination and innovation in those with whom he worked. He left them stronger, not dependent on his vision alone.

A Chinese science teacher, interviewed on NPR stated that there could never be a Steve Jobs in China because their educational system doesn't allow or encourage innovative thinking. Let's hope we continue to encourage our students to think outside the box and maintain discipline at the same time. Steve Jobs was a good example of both. I'm looking forward to 20-20 tonight.

Regina Duke said...

Hi, Ramona! I agree with you about Steve Jobs. What a wonderful human being. He gave me a love for computers through my Mac Book that I never had with PCs. Now I do photos and music and I'm hoping to learn video skills.

Love your books! Good luck with all your titles. :-)

Ramona Butler said...

Thank you, Julie. Many of my contemporaries (senior citizens) seem to take pride in avoiding computers, but I loveeee mine and all the technology that goes along with it. I just wish I had the smarts and the training to explore and utilize all that which my computer is capable. Who wants to cook and clean, when I have the universe at my fingertips.

Ramona Butler said...

Thanks, Regina. I'm still learning to navigate social media, but I've frequently seen your tweets and twitters. lol So I know you've cracked that nut. Good job.

Lynda Bailey said...

Ramona~
I love that you love technology - almost as much as I dislike it. LOL
Steve Jobs was indeed a visionary. Here's to many more generations of Steve Jobs......

megganconnors said...

Great post, Ramona. I really enjoyed your tribute to a man who was, indeed, a visionary. And I love my Mac. Seriously. I think it makes the husband a little jealous.

Ramona Butler said...

Thanks, Lynda. Jobs's shoes will be big ones to fill. He'd already stepped down, but his genius still lingers.

Ramona Butler said...

Thanks, Meggan, I know what you mean about your husband possibly being jealous of your Mac. I've been spending way too much time at my computer lately, creating a few minor tiffs at home. But my dh calls on me to get him out of his computer jams, so he can't say too much. lol It's hard to even imagine--me, being tech support. ha ha ha

January Bain said...

Ramona, what a lovely tribute to a great man!

carol davis luce said...

Hi Ramona, great blog. Steve Jobs is a legend and will be greatly missed. I couldn't live without my iPhone. Next step is the iPad.

I read Border Heat and thoroughly enjoyed it. I "Liked" it at your Amazon page, and will leave a review when I get squared away with my own book.
Carol Davis Luce

Louise Crawford said...

A very nice tribute, Ramona! Sorry I missed your origiinal blog date. What a ripple effect from Steve Jobs following his heart to the way artists work on computers and people use the internet today.