How to live before you die: Steve Jobs

Much has been and will continue to be said about Steve Jobs’s management abilities, his business acumen, his intelligence., but it is his creativity that is his greatest legacy.

“Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless.”

“Trusting that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence you need to follow your heart.”

“Getting fired was the best thing that could ever happened to me… It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

“If you live each day as if it was your last someday you will most certainly be right.”

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  • John in PDX

    My model for business is The Beatles: They were four guys that kept each other’s negative tendencies in check; they balanced each other. And the total was greater than the sum of the parts. Great things in business are not done by one person, they are done by a team of people.

  • John in PDX

    Just when my faith in humanity was waning.

    Steve got the last laugh!!!!!!!!

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Sent via iPhone.
      Sadly the folks at Westboro are way to dense to even understand the irony & hypocrisy of their own actions.

  • On Tuesday evening at the Operation Nightwatch Bible study, I ended the session with another one of those Rob Bell gems, the Nooma short film “Sunday”. In his little chat before the camera, Bell offers the sweetest comment: “Some people confuse God with religion–and end up walking away from both.”

    Whether we are protesting Wall Street, abortion or war (issues that are by no means unrelated), the most important protest we ever stage is the one as we stand before the mirror each day. Where, after all, does all change begin? And for whose change are we, in the end, responsible?

    There were reasons why Apostle Paul wrote, as he did with the reworked citation of Isaiah 52.5 that he wove into Romans 2.24: “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

    How are we the cause of such? How, the solution?

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      What do you think of Rob Bell working on a TV show? Any thoughts about that? I know you are a big fan of his.

      • What I’m a fan of is the ability to articulate questions that ring true in the real world of people’s experience. I think Jesus did that with his parables in a way that repetition of Mosaic law or the Deuteronomic code never could. If Jesus thought people needed more law, he’d have been all over it like a SWAT team on a meth lab.

        I know what the probing questions and open doors of Bell’s short films (they are way more than “videos”) do in a group setting when the program ends. People have been engaged enough that even the reticent speak up. The question re the TV show is whether it can accomplish the same thing, especially if watched in the privacy of one’s home or in the isolation of one’s ipad and ear buds and not in the context of other people. Except for the private counseling sessions with Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman and the Gerasense demoniac, nearly all of Jesus’ work was in public or in the context of gatherings where people were either shoulder-to-shoulder or at least within earshot of one another. Discussion always ensued. And even the Samaritan woman and the mentally ill man had the implications of their new beginnings play out in public to mixed reviews. Some saw Godat work. Others said it thundered. Still others didn’t think anything had happened at all. Some even got bloody mad.

        TV show? I don’t know. Depends on how it’s done, I guess. Last thing on the planet I need to see is yet one more studio set that looks like “nowhere in the world” (the working definition of utopia, BTW). For the kingdom of God to be real, it has to be HERE, not utopia. Which is why, I think, that Jesus actually came here rather than communicating via satphone, smartphone, downlink, golden tablets or parchment scrolls. The Nooma series came close to doing that. A TV show might work if it’s done from places like rainy doorways with cops rousting sleepers at 2 AM and the east bank “catacombs” along the Willamette River, or the ever-growing lines at food pantries. No lack of sets. Just lack of vision and imagination in this world.