Thanks Steve. You will be missed.

Hugh MacLeod shared this today on his blog, as a tribute to the life of Steve Jobs. It’s the text from an ad made by the Apple Corporation, and it seems fitting to view it with Steve in mind now.

It seems there are many of us around the world feeling sad about Steve’s passing. I wrote a post about Steve’s 2005 Stanford commencement address last year. It made a real impact on me at the time, seeing inside the private man and hearing him talk of his experience with cancer and his attitude toward death. I showed it to a group of students when we were involved in a camp experience about creativity, and many of them were moved by his words. The ones that stuck with me were the following,

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. 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.

It seems I need to return to these words from time to time. As most of us know, having the conviction that education can be done differently is not the easiest path to tread. You face naysayers, you’re constantly confronted with dogma. Steve’s words and example help me to trust my inner voice and encourage me to follow my heart and intuition.

Thanks for that Steve. You will be missed.

Steve Jobs on life, love, loss and death

Spend the next fifteen minutes watching Steve Jobs address College graduates from Stanford University in December 2009 * (Update – my mistake – it was from 2005. Explains why he didn’t mention the liver transplant). He takes you on a journey through his life. You won’t regret the time spent. If you’re smart, you’ll find time in the classes you teach to show it to your students. Steve’s message,

“you can’t connect the dots looking forwards, you can only count them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future”

is an important one. Steve’s road to success has not been an easy one, but he has risen above adversity.

Herein lie messages our students need to hear.