Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs: Better Than The Jetsons

There are a lot of tributes being posted all around the web to the late, great Steve Jobs.

And this is another one.

When I was a kid, my brother and I used to watch the cartoon "The Jetsons". I loved watching it because it helped me imagine what it would be like to have a robot that cleaned up my mess or a conveyor belt that showered and dressed me in my PJs. No one ever invented those things (boo), but the stuff that Steve Jobs created? Well, that stuff was just as good.

Now, maybe my MacBook can't clean up after me. Maybe my iPod can't make a burger and fries appear before me at the push of a button. And maybe the iPhone 4S can't teleport me to Hawaii. But these little gadgets make things in my life a little easier, a little brighter, a little more "Jetsons".

Thank you, Mr. Jobs, for bringing some of the fun of my childhood into my adult life.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish."

- Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011

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