It seems very fitting to post a tribute to Steve Jobs here on Healthcare IT Today. Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, a Blackberry or an iPhone – it really doesn’t matter. As a Healthcare IT professional (or any other type of business professional) your life (and those of your kids) has been touched by the genius of Steve Jobs, in one way or another. Take a moment to look around you – chances are you’ll see a sign that Steve was there. Those free iTunes Song of the Week cards at Starbucks? SJ. That iPod shuffle that’s part of your weekend warrior uniform? SJ. Not to mention, of course, the fact that iPads are quickly becoming standard issue in many hospitals across the U.S.? SJ. He’s everywhere – what an amazing legacy this man has left behind. (I’m really looking forward to reading his authorized biography that’s due out on October 24th – available for pre-order on Amazon).
It’s up to us to continue to fully enjoy and completely maximize the potential of all of the magic Steve has created. But Steve’s legacy goes beyond just the material things he has contributed. As his health declined, he was particularly poignant when it came to taking risks and making career decisions. Personally, I plan to take these words to heart:
“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.” SJ.
“You’ve got to find what you love.” SJ.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” SJ
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” SJ