* I knew it was coming, we all knew, but admit it, it was still a shock when you heard, wasn’t it, that Steve Jobs died? Steve Jobs died. Those words just hang there in the air, heavy. It feels impossible that someone so young who did so much, who had so much yet to offer, could be gone. And yes, yes, his influence lives on, will always live on. I’m hearing him compared to Leonardo Da Vinci. And since this blog is about home trends and tips, I can’t even begin to estimate how many entrepreneurs out there were inspired by Steve Jobs, how many started their businesses in their garages or home offices (many of whom still work there), and how many use products created because of the presence of Steve Jobs on this earth. He untethered us. He gave us technological wings.
* But the detail about Steve that stays with me the most is the one about college. About how he dropped out and then went back to take a class as a non-matriculated student, simply because he was interested in it. That class was in typography. You know, typefaces. Fonts. Not that exciting sounding, perhaps, to you. But to him, it was. He simply scratched an itch he had, to follow an interest, which developed into a passion, which differentiated the products he eventually designed, which, as we all know, changed the world.
* And so, the lesson I carry in my heart today from Steve Jobs? Follow your passion. Tinker. Explore. Scratch an itch. Create. And if that means dedicating a part of your home to do so, do it (photo is of Steve Jobs in front of the garage where he started it all). And if that means taking a risk, take it. And if that means believing in that in which others don’t, believe in it.
* Steve Jobs was quoted as saying (in a Business Week interview from May, 2008): “That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” And so, that’s what I’ll think about today–focus and simplicity. Making things simpler in my home, and in my life, so I can focus more fully. What can you do to get your home, your life, your thinking clean and simple? What will it take for you to move mountains? If it means starting with moving out the clutter in your garage, start there. Just start there. And see where the journey takes you.
I usually end my posts by telling you to go to Kudzu to find service pros who can help. This time, I’m going to just say that service pros on Kudzu, and all over the world, went to Steve for help. And for that we are thankful.