You Don’t Have To Be Steve Jobs to Change The World

An image of Steve Jobs in his living room in 1984. Photograph by Norman Seeff. Copyright Time, Inc.

Today I’m joining in the chorus of mourners, well-wishers, and the many other voices describing in mere words how they were impacted by the life and actions of the late Steve Jobs. However, to me these mere words aren’t enough. Steve is described in these words as amazing, world changer, leader, passionate, genius, inspirational, visionary, transformative, creative, and etc… Wow, what a legacy! I’m awestruck. In retrospect I have to admit, I’m inspired to change the world. But is that even possible? I’m 35, Steve was a multi-millionaire by then. I’m an entrepreneur, but also hold a full time job that pays the bills. I can’t afford to quit. So, I probably won’t change the world the way Steve did, but I can change my world, my small sphere of influence, my family, my kids, my attitude, and my work.

You don’t have to be Steve Jobs to change the world.

Being a father is an awesome and humbling responsibility. These kids entrusted to me by God to guide and protect could become the next Steve Jobs, who knows? All I can do is change their world by being a better father, better husband, and better person. I can only change myself, but I can influence others. Did you know Steve was adopted? It’s not only your DNA that you pass to your kids, although that is part of it, it’s your words of encouragement, your arm around their shoulders, your listening ear, it’s you! My daily prayer is to be that positive influence my kids can look to that will keep them on the path to a better life. They can change the world too!

You don’t have to be Steve Jobs to change the world.

Steve was a genius and truly gifted, but we all have talents and gifts, it’s how you use them even when you don’t want to get up in the morning. In those dark times, those trying times, do I, do you, have enough character and self-confidence to get up and keep trying? Steve did, even when faced failure, cancer, even death in ways I never have and hope never will. Well, except death, we all will die, it’s how we live that matters. I believe in heaven and I’ll quote Steve, “even those that believe in heaven don’t want to die to get there”. Today, reflecting on the life and death of Steve Jobs, I’m inspired to be a better father and go that extra step to make my world a better place. Will you join me?

You don’t have to be Steve Jobs to change the world.


I have to admit that I’m a PC, but I am fan of everything Apple (and Pixar) creates. Here are some of the amazing commercials. Be inspired, stay hungry, and keep foolish.

Very first Macintosh commercial:

“I’m a Mac” commercials –  Compilation

iPad2 commercial:

iPhone4S commercial:

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Comments: 4

  1. janulee October 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm Reply

    I am so proud of you Nathan. You’ve grown to be a fine man!!! When I read snippets of your life, I think of how much I loved you when you were just a tadpole and still do. HUGS.

    • Nathan October 9, 2011 at 8:21 am Reply

      Thanks for the kind words.

  2. Mike Silverfoote October 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm Reply

    That was awesome. I felt it. I feel the same as you do. I’m always thinking. I’m always trying to be a “better” person. His commencement speech at Stanford in 2005 was inspiring. I watched it again last night. It hits me deep down in so many ways, but the greatest, lasting feeling, is inspiration. I’m 31 now, unemployed, and want to own my own t shirt company, and maybe write some books. I’ve procrastinated. Thinking and thinking. I’ve dealt with the “resistance”, always fighting it. Depression has hit me sometimes, as well. I just came across a great quote last night, perfect timing, and it goes like this…”Thought into action = Tranquility” Everytime I go through my “depression or resistance phase”, I get signs like these. I’m going to get there. I feel like I have turned the corner. Your blog post has inspired me that much more. Godspeed, Mike

    • Nathan October 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Mike. I can relate to putting things off. I put off starting this blog for years and finally just did it. I wanted a place to share what I love to do, cooking and being a dad. It’s been a lot of fun (albeit not making any money, but that’s ok). If making T-shirts is what you love, then go for it! Keep me posted how it goes.

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