These words seemed strange to me the first time I watched Steve say them at the 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. It just seemed like kind of a weird motto to live by. Certainly not a motto that the C.E.O. of a multi-billion dollar company should embrace. But that was because I was taking it too literally. Stay hungry, meaning never stop learning. Never stop wanting to do better, to approach perfection. And stay foolish, because if you never take chances you’ll miss opportunities for greatness. As in, starting a computer business out of your parent’s garage is likely to end up sour, but you never know.
I have included a couple of my favorite condolences that I read shortly after the passing of Steve Jobs. What an impact he had on the world. He will be remembered throughout history as one of the great ones.
President Barack Obama:
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”
Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz:
“It’s the ultimate sadness. First of all, it’s a young person who was revered, sometimes feared, but always revered. In a way, it’s kind of prophetic; everyone was hoping he could be on stage yesterday. He was a very special person, and he didn’t get to where he was by having people like him all the time. He got to where he was because he had a vision and a purpose. It’s easy to try and please everyone, but he kept to his principles.”
And finally, I leave you with Apple’s famous Think Different video; a video that does not feature Steve but whose spirit is visible throughout.