Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson will speak at the CityLit… (Patrice Gilbert, Handout…)
I'm getting psyched to meet and introduce Walter Isaacson, author of the bestselling Steve Jobs biography, at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore this Saturday!
Are you going? It's an all day affair for book lovers. Or, if you want to just see Walter, come by at 3 pm, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Branch.
I read Isaacson's book last fall and it was a big influence, in a very personal way, on my life. As some of you know, I've been plotting my own little startup venture, with an app called NestPix.com.
Reading about all the hurdles that Jobs overcame -- multiple bouts with catastrophic failure -- and learning about how he learned to trust his intuitution...Well, this was a message delivered at the right time for me.
Steve Jobs didn't strike me as a man who had a lot of self-doubt. Regrets? I'm sure he had a few at the end of his life. He also had a lot of urgency in his life, feeling at an early age that he would die relatively young.
Steve Jobs was right -- you have a short time on this planet. Try to make a dent in the universe.
I believe there are a lot of people who learned Steve Jobs's death, considered the words and messages he left behind (Stanford graduation speech, anyone?), and read Isaacson's biography, and finally cast off their self-doubt, and said: Darnit. I'm just gonna do it.
For crying out loud, Steve Jobs reshaped seven industries? And you can barely get out of bed in the morning?
Just. frigging. do. it.
Isaacson's book, which has received its share of criticism in the tech community, was an early and comprehensive view of Jobs shortly after his death. This isn't 30 or 100 years later, with the benefit of perspective and the elapsing of time. Perhaps Jobs' importance will wane in 50 to 100 years, but for now, his impact on our technology, culture, and entrepreneurship has been writ large.