“Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.” — Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement speech
Last night at our SA 100 event, I was casually talking to an entrepreneur when a fellow guest practically barreled me over. “That seemed urgent,” I laughed and shrugged it off.
Moments later my colleague Steve Kovach grabbed my arm. “Steve Jobs died.”
An unfamiliar, unexpected feeling washed over me. I felt incredible sadness, like a family member had passed away. But I’m not an “Apple fan girl;” I don’t own Apple stock; I don’t even own an iPad or an iPhone. I hardly cover Apple as a reporter, so I have no real attachment to Jobs.
Then I received a text. “Steve Jobs died. It’s very sad. And all of the money in the world couldn’t save him.”
For a motivated, money-hungry New Yorker, that chain of events put a lot in perspective. When a life is suddenly taken, you can’t help but reflect on your own and wonder if you’re making the most of it.
Luckily, I truly do love my job, my colleagues, and every startup I write about. I feel lucky to know and be surrounded by passionate people every day.
But for others who aren’t as lucky, a loss like Steve Jobs can hit you hard and change your heart. It can motivate you to do the things you’ve always wanted to do, and snap you out of a life you’ve settled into but aren’t happy in.
I’m reminded of a Steve Jobs quote that’s been heavily tweeted today: “Have the courage to follow your heart and your intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
I wonder if Steve’s passing will do just that, and if it will encourage more people to become entrepreneurs because of it.