This morning I woke up to news that Steve Jobs had passed away. Although I am a quintessential Apple fanboy, his death really hit home for another reason. To me, he was the perfect mash-up of tech geek, entrepreneur, underdog and student of life. The man just oozes inspiration.
So this morning, I re-watched (several times) his Stanford Commencement address and grabbed this quote:
...have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Sure, this is another way of saying the same thing you hear over and over again - do what you love. But in an industry like photography where the odds always seem stacked against you, and all rational thinking is telling you to quit, I am left some mornings with only a whisper of faith in my heart to keep pushing me forward.
It is that inspiration that I think I will miss most from Steve Jobs.