I would be lying if Steve Jobs didn’t influence my life. I remember being in high school and hating computers. I didn’t quite understand them. All the technical terms confused me and I just felt like a fish out of water. I knew then and there that I wanted to stay away from computers as much as I can.
Then I went to Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where a beautiful media lab consisted of Macs. Besides being in grammar school playing Carmen Sandiego and Oregon Trails on the old Apple computers, I never actually worked on a Mac. What a difference a machine makes. I quickly learned how to navigate and operate the Mac. I felt that it was built for people like me – those who needed a user-friendly way to get work done. I began taking an interesting in video production, website development and sound editing – things I never saw myself doing. After that, I never looked back and I quickly changed my major to Communication Arts. I fell in love with computers.
Today, I am happy to say that I am able to run my business because of the innovative ways of Steve Jobs. If it weren’t for him, computers would simply be boring and complicated to me.
In the past we had Edison, Bell, Ford, Franklin. This was the Steve Jobs era. A wonderful time to see how the tech industry grew in the past decade. More and more people were fascinating with technology because of Apple’s innovation. Colleges became more interesting and jobs shaped careers. People were more connected yet we were taught to think different.
In 2005, Jobs spoke to the Stanford graduating class. He said:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Thank you for everything, Steve. You will be missed.