Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Steve Jobs embodied a lot of what I respect in people, and what I aspire to. I believe in following your passion. I believe in not quite sticking to the rules. I believe in tenacious effort toward your goals. I wish I could emulate Steve Jobs’ power of creativity and leadership.

I have to admit I have not been a devotee of Steve Jobs. I had a Mac in college but wasn’t an Apple Afficionado. I’ve never been very technical and most of the conceptual battle between platforms has been lost on me. I did get a smart phone a while back and upgraded to an iPhone 2 when it came out. But I don’t even have any playlists or music on it. Only a few months ago, my father forwarded Steve’s 2005 Stanford Commencement speech and I really believe in his exhortations. Find and champion the beauty in things. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick: don’t lose faith, continue to work in your passion. And let me quote more extensively:

“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.” – Steve Jobs

I want to see his pattern of style, user-friendliness and innovation transfer into the green building industry. Who will be the Steve Jobs of Urban Planning? Of house design? Of workplace creation? There are surely candidates, but no one has seized the mantle. Let’s try to find solution-oriented visionaries and get them funded, get them to market. We need an Apple, Inc. for the built environment.

Channeling Steve Jobs will be a good effort for me and anyone who wants to make a difference in the world. Thank you for setting the example, and raising the bar, Steve. I will stay hungry, and stay foolish!


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