While I’m not an Apple fanboy specifically, or a technology geek in general, or a fan of sweatshop labor under any circumstances, Steve Jobs was a fascinating guy. Some people have elevated him onto a pedestal, like some kind of nerdist messiah. Not me. But, I can unironically say that he was a fascinating guy.
Rachel stumbled across Jobs’ commencement speech to the Stanford graduating class of 2006. In it, he offers lessons that he learned in his messianic rise to prominence from LSD trips and ashrams to tech mogulhood (sorry, my iconoclasm is showing, let me adjust my bathrobe). Anyways, it is pretty inspiring stuff:
There are a number of Heroic lessons to be learned, according to the Gospel of Steve:
- Do what you love. Don’t settle. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
- Don’t be afraid to question orthodoxy.
- The best laid plans often go awry. Be nimble.
- Feeling secure often suppresses creativity.
- Don’t waste time living someone else’s life.
- Trust your intuition.
- Stay hungry. Stay foolish.
I cannot disagree with any of the above. That’s what this humble blog is all about. His address is filled with very inspirational advice for anyone, from the tens of my loyal followers, to the CEO of a global corporation, to a twelve year old Chinese sweatshop worker putting in 16 hour days assembling iPads for 70 cents an hour.
Sorry for the bile. By all accounts, Jobs was a great guy. It’s just hard not to see the Irony.
But there are other lessons here:
- Don’t idolize anyone too strenuously. Messiahs are notoriously hard to come by.
- Be grateful for the freedoms and opportunities and time that you do have, stop making excuses, and realize that many of the barriers to your Happiness are trivial compared to those of millions of others.
- As you accomplish Deeds of Heroic Excellence, do your best not to do so on the backs of the kind of people you should be helping.
This post was uploaded from my iPhone.