My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #483: A Tribute

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-06-2011 12:00 PM 6514 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had some thoughts on what I planned on writing about today. But somehow this morning I just don’t feel like it. After hearing of the passing of Steve Jobs last night I felt what I had originally wanted to talk about was trivial.

I didn’t know a lot about Steve Jobs. Like most, I have heard of him and knew of his involvement with Apple and I knew that he was one of the pioneers of personal computers and electronics. Only through reading through the many articles and obituaries that chronicled his life have I began to understand the scope of his accomplishments.

Doesn’t it seem that it is always that way?

Throughout history, how many times have we heard of artists and visionaries who in life were not given the credibility and recognition they were due, only to receive it after their death. It seems that even in these modern times, when the world as a whole is supposedly ‘higher educated’ that this is still often the case.

A day doesn’t go by when each of our lives is not impacted by Steve’s vision and dedication to his dream. The sheer fact that you are reading this from your computers all over the world, only hours, minutes or even seconds after I publish it is a testament to that.

It is because of people like Steve that we are able to live in such a wonderful world. Our ability to communicate with others so easily and instantaneously has impacted every single day of our lives.

Often I write about thinking outside the box. I encourage you to stretch your imagination, push your limits and follow your dreams. Yes, there will be obstacles along the way. There will be resistance and failure too. It takes a special type of person to disregard those obstacles and failures and forge ahead. Those are the great innovators.

I always say ‘if it were easy, then everyone would be doing it.’

I try to remember those words myself on the days when I feel I am up against a wall and every turn that I take brings me to another wall. I try to find a way to go through, over or around that wall and continue on. When success is finally achieved, it makes it all that much sweeter.

The more I read about Steve Jobs, the more I see that he had many obstacles to overcome. But no matter how difficult his path was, he never lost sight of his dream. His perseverance and passion for his goals drove him to push ahead and even after he reached a plateau of success, he continued to dream and pushed further.

He was still pushing until the very end. Although he left this world as what I consider a young man, his legacy will live on.

Not only has he left a legacy of how to dream, but he has also left a legacy of how to live.

Thank you, Steve. I appreciate it.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. – Steve Jobs

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Martin Sojka

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 01:44 PM

RIP Steve Job :(

That’s a beautiful quote at the end of your article, Sheila.

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 04:17 PM

As one of his contemporaries (he was 56, I am 53) I grew up with Steve Jobs shaping my world. Although I’ve never owned an Apple computer or an I-anything I find his influence and way of viewing the world inspiring. A true visionary, he makes Bill Gates seem mundane by comparison.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 07:44 PM


Steve Jobs… RIP… Job well done… Thank you very much.

In looking back to the beginning of the Apple Computer company and subsequent history…

Being in the Computer & Data Processing field since the later part of 1954, I looked at the first computer from Apple.
I was shocked to see how it was put together… Looked like a piece of pure JUNK to me… I later found out a few things about their Operating System, if you want to call it that… horrible. I did not like anything that I saw. I stayed away from Apple equipment.

A few years later, they came out with the Macintosh model… Now THAT was a serious computer! The best they’ve done to that point… It used a MOUSE! You could Click & Drag! The Operating System was way before it’s time… Sure it had a few problems now & then… they all do… but, they got fixed… Apple fixed them and Improved upon their products. One could rely on their equipment. They were now on the Map!
I still stayed away from them…

Hey! I thought the MS Windows Operating System was pure Junk until Windows ME came out! Then, I started using Windows! ... to put things into perspective…

Apple continued to develop & improve the Macintosh line to be its Top of The Line seller… and they have stayed with it for years making a good name for themselves.

Then, they started making small hand-held computers… Notebooks….. games, etc. which seemed to open huge doors and they were off to the races!

Cell phones and I-Phones popped up to take the world by storm… Now, I-Pad….

All of this history was primarily due to the vision and leadership of Steve Jobs!

He made computers communicate with display screens faster than anything I had ever seen (with the so-called SLOW clock speed chips)... He made things POP Instantly while other computers were slower than molasses… he picked the right CPU chip… What a Vision!

To me, he really kicked the socks OFF everything he had done before in developing the I-Phone & I-Pad…
Just an astounding operating system and features that will remain for years to come.

Steve Jobs, even while leaving us so young, accomplished more in his short time with us than would normally take two or three normal life spans… He made his time count for something… He has left his mark that will last forever!

I’ve admired Steve Jobs for many many years and knew he had the vision and the Out-of-Box ideas to really Make It! ... and he did…

He Made It!

His New Ideas & Vision will be missed… What he has done, including planning for the future, will continue to Live for years to come.

Steve, thank you for all of your contributions that the world appreciates & will continue to appreciate.

May you rest in peace and enjoy…

... and, would you believe, I have STILL not purchased any Apple product?!

… Now that I’m retired & would rather spend what money I have on Woodworking, I don’t know when I will be able to afford to buy any Apple product! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 07:57 PM

He was a great inventor! It’s hard to believe how much i use apple. I fell asleep last night watching my apple tv. I woke up and checked my email on my iPhone and then went to use my iMac to follow up on things. Now, sitting away from my iMac, I am using my iPad to get this message out. Call me a fan boy if you will, but they have great products!

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#5 posted 10-06-2011 08:36 PM

Yes, they Do have great products… expensive products… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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