“We’re Here To Put A Dent In The Universe.” – Steven Jobs, 1955 – 2011

October 6th, 2011 by Michael Tabor
To finish the quote from this blog: “We’re here… universe. Otherwise, why else even be here? “This is a quote from Steve Jobs who is credited with having originated this; however there is evidence that Socrates said it first just in different words; Whether or not this is the case is irrelevant because Mr. Jobs had always proudly and openly admitted that Socrates influenced his whole life. Steve went as far as to say that he would trade all his technological knowledge he acquired throughout his life, just to spend an afternoon with Socrates.

This blog is going to have many quotes by virtue of the fact that that Steve Jobs was a genius, an entrepreneur, a man who studied Socrates, an obvious visionary, and a huge mover and Shaker who made a lot of money. People who possess the aforementioned attributes are listened to, taken seriously, and are often quoted – Why? Because in a nutshell we want what they have and what Steve had (not the pancreatic cancer, of course) and by studying him and memorizing  his quotes we will be taken seriously and who knows perhaps if one is a good student , we ourselves may acquire some of the great things Jobs had. “R.I.P. Steve Jobs. You touched an ugly world of technology and made it beautiful.” A twitter user quoted. (Not only is Jobs quoted but even the people who talk about him are quoted.)
Let’s  take a look at some of the things Steven Jobs accomplished:

As a child:

The founder of Hewlett-Packard, William Hewlett, was so impressed with the obviously gifted young Steve Jobs that he personally hired him to work at Hewlett-Packard when he was just 13 years old.

This is an offbeat accomplishment: Steven discovered that the whistle that came in the cereal box of Captain Crunch was tuned to a frequency that made it possible to make free long distance calls by blowing the whistle in a certain way into the phone. Wow!

As an Adult:
He made the personal computer easier to use by designing and developing the Macintosh computer.(Note: his 1979 visit to Xerox’s research center in Palo Alto was without question, the key moment for the development of Jobs’ Macintosh computer; he took note of the graphic video display and the mouse pointing device. Wow! The mouse-pointing device – that’s it! So easy and user-friendly, a 90 year-old great grandpa could figure this out with ease.  No technology experience needed, as simple as seeing what you want, pointing, and clicking.)

He developed and brought to market the i-Pod, the i-Phone, and the iPad.

He was a friend of George Lucas, the famous Star Wars film writer, producer, and director, and consequently started a company called Pixar Animation Studios. This company founded by Jobs had such an impact on the world, that computer-animated film became a mainstream art enjoyed by children and adults worldwide. The first film Pixar worked on was the blockbuster – “Toy Story.”

There is so much more he accomplished and I can go into so much more detail but this is a blog. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do….” Said Steve;. All successful people know this truism – if you love it you do it with care and as a result you do it well.
Steve was not your suit and tie business guy, though there are pictures of him with a tie, as soon as he had the power he shed the corporate look and supplanted that wardrobe with jeans, sneakers and a casual shirt. He sometimes would walk around the office barefooted. Mr. Jobs was after all a hippie at heart and a true San Franciscan – and yes he was a practicing Buddhist and indeed he experimented with LSD which he boldly went on to say that the experience of altering consciousness with this drug forever changed his life for the better. He even proclaimed that ingesting LSD was actually two or three of the most important things he had ever done with his life. (Experimenting with hallucinogenics, such as LSD and mescaline, was not uncommon amongst intellectuals and visionaries. The great Aldous Huxley, author of” Brave New World” (1932), consumed mescaline and had written an incredibly thought-provoking book about the experience – “The Doors of Perception” (1954).
“Innovation has no limits. The only limit is your imagination.” Steve was as innovative and visionary as they come. He was very interested in the look of his products – not only did his products have to be efficacious but they also needed to look good and have style; Jobs was prodigiously interested in taste. “There is no shortcut to excellence.’ Steve perhaps was stating the obvious, but this is a hugely important quote because I think it’s what young people of the United States suffer from today – instant gratification isn’t quick enough. I want it now! I’m not  going to medical school, it’s 12 years of my life and I won’t make a dime until I’m 30. Well, I think we all should try to be more patient and remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day; we ought to practice delayed gratification and view it as a profound virtue. (I know, I could die tomorrow and what’s the point of going to school and not reaping the benefits. True, nothing in life is guaranteed and people die before they even have a chance. But when you’re dead you are dead and what if you don’t die?)
I’m paraphrasing here but Jobs stated that we, as Americans are always taking things – the food we eat is not grown by ourselves, we speak a language that other people already developed, almost everything we possess comes from the blood, sweat, and tears of others. (I mean we pay for these things if we’re not criminals, but you know what I mean.) He went on to say that creating something new and adding it to the pool of already existing human experience and knowledge is the greatest feeling in the world. And, I personally think he unveiled the secret of happiness and a good life. Giving, helping others, and making a difference. As the title of the blog says: We’re here to put a dent in the universe.
Oh, there is so much more to write about this incredible man who was only alive on this planet for 56 years. The tears are starting to come and I just want to say, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had Steve around for another 20 or 30 years.
Finally WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think? I will end this Op-ed obituary and blog with a statement from Steven Jobs and Apple’s archrival, Microsoft’s Bill gates when he heard that Steve passed away at the age of 56. “For those of us lucky enough to work with Steve, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.” God bless Steven Jobs, R.I.P.

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6 Responses to ““We’re Here To Put A Dent In The Universe.” – Steven Jobs, 1955 – 2011”

  1. How To Talk To Anyone Says:

    Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Tx! Just wanted to tell you keep up the excellent job!

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    Thank you.

  3. Vincenzo Pilapil Says:

    RIP Steve Jobs.

  4. rick Says:

    you forget your praising a guy you wanted to tax 90%. Do you think he would have the same success?

  5. Michael Tabor Says:

    Hi Rick,
    i earnestly believe that Steve couldn’t care less about the $$. He did what he did out of love for his creations – not money. When one is poor or middle class money is hugely important especially when one has children. When a person is as rich as Steve Jobs, money becomes irrelevant. There have neen a multitude of studies indicating that having a lot of $$ does not make a person happier. On the flip side being impoverished is a living hell.

  6. Sarah L. Says:

    Can you tell me when and where did Jobs say “We are here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else be here?”

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