“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”- Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
I chose this quote to honor and celebrate the life of Steve Jobs. It is not a quote said by Jobs himself, but it is a strong quote I associate with him. Randy Pausch, the author of the book, The Last Lecture, was a professor who was asked to be part of Carnegie Mellon’s Last Lecture series. After accepting the job, he was diagnosed with a terminal cancer, making it, in turn, his last lecture. Reading this book, I always felt like his life paralleled to Steve Jobs. Both lived lives that were LIVED, and will continue to live on even through their passing.
Learning you have a terminal cancer can definitely change your life, but for Jobs, although I did not know him personally, it seemed like he took this knowledge with grace. He set his affairs in order in a manner I don’t think I ever would, had I been diagnosed with cancer.
I’d like to celebrate the life of Steve Jobs. In death, there is a lot of sadness, but we must remember to celebrate the life a person lived. Steve Jobs was a genius, to say the least. Founder of Apple Inc, and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. How many people can scratch that into their resumes?! Even more amazing, was that Steve Jobs remained incredibly humble throughout his lifetime. Although he became wildly successful and wealthy, he understood that alot of this stays within our realm and does not pass with you in to your next life. This is something, we, as the future, should take note of. No matter how incredibly successful we become, we must remain humble.. Hence, “we can not change the cards we are dealt, but how we play the hand.” No matter what life throws at us, we must take it one step at a time, and, “play our hand,” graciously. Steve Jobs probably never imagined his life would be cut so short, but instead of trying to change his “cards,” he learned to play them out in a certain manner.
Steve Jobs lived a life that was LIVED. We must mourn his loss to cancer, but celebrate his success, vision and life that will continue through his passing. He was a innovator, entrepreneur, and icon to our society. Jobs’ changed the way we will see technology forever. For that, we must thank him.
Rest peacefully, Steve Jobs.
February 24, 1955-October 5, 2011