“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” – Steve Jobs

How can you not love an innovator like Steve Jobs who led his life under his own terms and didn’t believe in living someone else’s dream?  There’s certainly going to be a lot about Steve Jobs over the next few days, though one of the things that you should all watch is the commencement speech he gave at Stanford in 2005.

I remember learning how to type and playing games on an Apple IIe growing up and I’ve drunk the Apple Cool-Aide over the past few years starting with an iPod, then to an iPhone, followed by an iPad and most recently an iMac (& I love them all).  I’m still amazed at the fact that the best way to describe an Apple is that their computers and devices “Just Work”.  I’m confident that Jobs was able to create a culture at Apple that will continue even though he wont be around to steer the ship and it will be an interesting case study to see what the future has in store.

For now I’m going to offer a toast to a man who had a true passion for what he believed in and wasn’t afraid to chase his dreams and get back up when he got kicked down.  And now to wet your appetite a bit and convince you to watch his commencement speech with some of his advice during the speech.

“Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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