Me and My Nine Iron

October 26, 2011

The life of Steve Jobs

Filed under: On the 6 o'clock news — BJ @ 11:57 pm

The sudden death of Steve Jobs shook the world three weeks ago in ways that only a man of his stature can. After a six-year on-and-off battle that claimed Jobs at the age of 56, I admit when I heard the news I was as speechless and shell-shocked as when 9/11 happened. Like 9/11, this might be another event I’ll always remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news.

While the media scrambled to disclose as much about Jobs’ life as possible, I wanted to share a few things I learned from this article.

Before Jobs ever had pancreatic cancer, he still asked himself the question, “What if this was my last day?” In questioning whether to skip a business meeting or ask out his future wife, Laurene: “I was in the parking lot with the key in the car, and I thought to myself, ‘If this is my last night on Earth, would I rather spend it at a business meeting or with this woman?’ I ran across the parking lot, asked her if she’d have dinner with me. She said yes, we walked into town and we’ve been together ever since.”

If that’s not the most money way a nerd has ever closed on a good-looking girl, please enlighten me.

Jobs called his experience with LSD “one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.” That’s a pretty monumental statement for one of the most respected and renowned billionaires in the world. And it also supplements the small study released last month that suggests that one use of magic mushrooms improves one’s personality in the long-term.

My friends pressure me all the time to smoke marijuana to get my creative juices flowing, and it’s no secret that many successful artists use marijuana and cocaine. But man, one more source telling me to use a hard drug, and I’ll feel obliged to try it once for career’s sake.

Of Bill Gates, Jobs said, “I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”

And then there’s his famous Stanford commencement address in 2005. I’ll admit  I hadn’t watched it even after his death, but only when a weekly screenwriting newsletter advised to re-watch it for motivation. What a deep, wise man who elaborately discussed what so many people are afraid of hearing about – death. He examined the bigger things in life, like mortality, and with his “three to six-month” life expectancy post-diagnosis, I’m certain he was happy with the actions he chose in his last six years.




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