Two great men, who’ve made a difference in the world in dramatically different ways died yesterday. Their motivation, character, and focus spoke to me last night as I listened to their obituaries. Here a few thoughts and quotes from these game-changers!
Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth was beaten and jailed numerous times and had his house blown up during the course of his life, but he continued his “war on ignorance and injustice.” He was a key player in the civil rights movement and despite the many obstacles put in front of him he did not change his course on making segregation a thing of the past.
Steve Jobs was a visionary and while the first thing that comes to mind when you think of him are Apple products, his innovation with many of his devices spawned dramatic changes in education, the private sector, governance, entertainment and information sharing.
Those who worked closely with him have called him a taskmaster, but his will paid off in creating some of the most technological advancements of our time.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” – Steve Jobs