Steve Jobs was a dreamer… and a visionary. The kind of person we all could look up to and admire. The kind of person that we would all like to be– if we had that kind of drive.
Thing is, instead of just dreaming, Steve Jobs did what he dreamed about doing. If he had an idea, he went for it. If he wanted to change the way people thought about things, he tried it. He didn’t always succeed. But for every failure, there is the possibility for a success. Steve Jobs never let his failures get in the way of his success.
The text used in the above image comes from an Apple Computer ad from the early 1990s. I couldn’t find the original ad anywhere online, so I re-created a new version of it using an image of Steve Jobs and the Apple Logo. I hope I don’t get sued.
The story below was posted to my blog on October 22, 2005.
Many years ago, I was visiting my cousin with my family. I was in my early twenties, just starting college. The year was probably somewhere around 1990-1991.
My cousin had a poster on her closet door. It wasn’t the typical poster for a teenage girl– one would expect Kirk Cameron or even still Duran Duran at that time– it was actually an ad for Macintosh computers. Macintoshes were still quite new at the time, and Apple was doing everything they could to make people realize what they could do. Their ads were moving and inspirational.
The poster/ad didn’t have pictures of icons or screens or a mouse or anything like that. It merely contained text and an Apple logo.
The text of that poster struck me immediately. I grabbed a sheet of paper and wrote down every word. And that text has stuck with me ever since. Every now and then, I remember this text, and it helps me to remember why I must continue to pursue my dreams in life. The text was titled:
If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
it is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily—
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that’s your aspiration,
something that’s your dream.
You owe it to yourself to make your days here count.
Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
And there will be bad days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
pack it up, and call it quits.
Those times tell you that you are pushing yourself,
that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Because with an idea,
determination, and the right tools,
you can do great things.
Let your instincts,
and your heart guide you.
Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.
The start of something new brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible.
There is only one you.
And you will pass this way only once.
Do it right.
No matter what curve balls life has thrown me, I always remember that there is a greater goal ahead of me. I may not know what it is, and I many never know what it is; but as long as I continue to dream big and keep trying… and living… and loving life, I’ll find happiness, somehow.
Thanks for sharing this with me.
- Steve Jobs Dead at 56 (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- How Steve Jobs changed the world (theglobeandmail.com)
- Status: Remembering Steve Jobs (juiapte.wordpress.com)
- Note to self: dream big, but act more. (farahhidayati.wordpress.com)
- Apple: Company Co-Founder Steve Jobs Has Died (annem040359.wordpress.com)