I’m not an Apple obsessive. In the Apple versus Android battle I’m firmly on the side of Android. But even though the eulogising of some people about everything that Apple does actually makes me want to dislike the company, I can’t. In terms of innovation, Apple is head and shoulders above most other IT companies, and what also really excites me is how amazingly beautiful all of the technology is that it has created. I’m a fan of great design, not just design that looks beautiful, but design that works beautifully. I might not own an iPhone or a Macbook (although I seriously considered it when I upgraded my computer last month), but I do own an iPod and it’s one of the best things I’ve ever bought. It has changed my life.
Many people have written posts on the sad death of Steve Jobs and so apart from what I’ve said already I won’t go over all of that. But what I have realised this week was how little I knew about Steve Jobs himself and what an inspirational figure he could be. Many news programmes have included clips of various talks and presentations he’s given over the years. One really stood out for me and that was the speech he gave to graduates of Stanford University in 2005, and so I decided to seek out the full speech and I’m glad I did.
I’ve written on this blog before about how a great speech can refresh you, make you think about stuff differently and make you look again at what or how you’re doing the things you do. That’s one reason why I love being in politics as you occasionally get to hear a real gem of a speech or a discussion that gets you doing just that. It may not be anything high profile and it may not even be shown on television, but you were one of the lucky few who got to hear it. The speech given by Steve Jobs at Stanford University is one of those, but fortunately we can all hear it by going to the video below. The life philosophy and attitude is one I’d like to live by, but rarely do. It’s the second time this week that someone has talked about living the life you want to live, rather than the one that others think you should. The first was a friend of mine who has been rethinking everything he’s doing in his life and as a result has grown as a person and is really enjoying himself at the moment. The second was this speech by Steve Jobs.
Stay hungry. Stay foolish.