A Year Without Steve Jobs

One year ago today, Steve Jobs passed away. For me, it will forever be one of those moments frozen in time.

At 56 years old, Jobs lived a very short life. Having been diagnosed with cancer eight years before his death it didn't seem possible that he could actually die.

Steve Jobs loved his work. He loved creating Apple. He loved building NeXT and Pixar. He loved his products and even though he had a famous temper, I think it's safe to say he loved the people he worked with.

Much has been written about his ouster from Apple, the company he built from the ground up, and then his eventual return to build one of the most successful companies ever.

Perhaps we can't all be as successful as Steve Jobs, but we can, in the face of adversity, remember that success is still possible. It was said that Jobs operated in a "reality distortion field", able to convince people anything he wanted to.

Never underestimate the power of thinking positively. We should all operate in a sort of reality distortion field. It's easy to get discouraged, searching for a job can be a stressful time. Hold your head high. Keep smiling, keep shaking hands and introducing yourself, and keep going after great opportunities.

Look for work that you can love. The best manager I ever had reminded me that "all work is noble". Find work that makes you happy. Find work that makes you excited to get up on Monday morning. Money is important, but chase the money after happiness.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius


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. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle. - Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement address June 15, 2005

Best wishes to you.