Here’s to the Dreamers
Much in this world is ugly, broken, clumsy and chaotic. Reality often struggles to keep pace with our dreams, and disappointment colors too many of our days. Steve Jobs was as far from perfect as any of us. However, he saw a world that used technology not just as a utility, but as something that could be beautiful, elegant, and simple. He grasped his vision and he never let go, and we are better for it.
The style and simplicity of his vision — often derided as placing form over function — is what ushered in a new era of technology over the last thirty years. Make no mistake, it was Apple that brought innovation to the masses. And it was Steve Jobs that created Apple.
I feel like the world was a better place when Steve was sitting in some amazing office lab in Cupertino dreaming and designing something magical, something I did not even know I needed, something that would change the world. Again.
I was reminded tonight, however, that somewhere in the world, someone was probably just born that, in another twenty years or so, will take innovation to levels beyond even the imagination of Steve Jobs.
So here’s to the dreamers, to those that have gone, to those trying to keep the flame alive today, and to those yet to come. Remember, you are not the only one. The world needs people willing to insist on “insanely great” instead of just good enough; to insist on creating things that are “truly magical and revolutionary” instead of just useful.
Steve was willing to stand on the shoulders of giants to reach new heights, and he would expect nothing less from the those would claim to deliver “one more thing”, no matter how old you are, how scared you are, or how many people think you are crazy.
“Stay hungry, stay foolish,” Steve said.
Do that, OK?