Praise Steve Jobs, but Live As He Lived
Oh, the praise will surely flow. For a brief moment, allow me to channel, the southern preachers I grew up with.
If you want to celebrate Steve Jobs' life, then why don't you try to live more as he did? Embrace the things you are so quick to praise him for: stop being afraid to walk your own path; hold doggedly to your vision; dare to look foolish to others as you chase that which you know is right for you. Don't talk about how Steve lived, live the way Steve lived.
In remembering his life and accomplishments, we might be overlooking is greatest feat – he showed us that there is always another way, that the masses aren't always right and that going with the flow may be safe but it isn't always the best route.
What good is it to praise the man, yet not try to add to our lives that which we admire about him? Others will list his accomplishments and discuss his impact on the world and technology. I am happy to let them.
Me? I'm going to have a talk with the man in the mirror, and remind him to: