Why I’m hungry and foolish: My tribute to Steve Jobs

By Chip Dizárd | Commentary

Oct 06
I was working  on my MacBook Pro when I read on Twitter that Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO had passed.  I instantly remembered a photo that was emailed to me of Steve looking very frail and being held up by another man. I realized it would be only a be matter of time before we heard news that he had passed.   

Why are so many people so sad over a person that they never met?  One writer put it best, “I am creating a tribute to Mr. Jobs on a personal computer that he helped invent an operating system and graphical-interface that allows me to see what exactly what is on my screen how it will printed or be viewed via media.”

I am a media teacher in an urban school district where we primarily use Mac computers.  In my classroom I have a lab of 18 iMacs and I am amazed because in only a month my students were able to create avatars, movies, music, DVD’s and web sites.  I look at my students and see potential, even when the kids come from some of the worst circumstances.

A student came to me after class and asked, “Mr. Dizard didn’t he die rich?”  I said “yes, but Mr. Jobs never wanted to be the richest man in the cemetery.”  “What he wanted was to see students reach their full potential, and by inventing the Macintosh computer Mr. Jobs did just that.”

In Steve’s commencement address to Standford University in 2005 he said, “ 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 others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”  

He ended this iconic speech with the phrases “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.”  What this means to me is that I have to be hungry enough to get up everyday to make a difference in an urban school environment, and be foolish enough to believe it can be done.  To be hungry enough to not give up on kids, but be foolish enough to know if I challenge kids enough they can succeed.  To be hungry enough to be a role model to young black males, and be foolish enough to believe that I will make an impact.

My time on earth and in education is limited, but as long as I have breath in my body, I vow to stay hungry and foolish.

Thank you Steve.



About the Author

Chip is a video professional, author, speaker and apple certified trainer. You can find him directing the live stream at his church or conducting online video training at Web Video Chefs

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