What was Steve Jobs’ greatest contribution in life? We own several Macbooks, three iPhones, an old iMac — these are the obvious things. The Jeubs definitely appreciate Steve Jobs and his relentless pursuit to make life enjoyable for others.
But his own words are striking. Biographer Walter Isaacson, who spent the last days with Steve Jobs and his family, asked him if he was glad that he had kids. His response:
[Having children is] 10,000 times better than anything I’ve ever done.
Silicon Valley, take note. Steve Jobs brought light to his greatest — 10,000 times greater than second place — achievement in life. This contrasts with the trendy image of such a technical wizard, the single-and-childless “metrosexual” as they now call them. Jobs is pointing to something greater.
We believe Jobs is right on, and that his deathbed reflection isn’t much different than any of ours will be. When reflecting on our lives, family — particularly our children — come to mind. Not our work, our money, or our careers. We don’t think about conformity or our neighbors or even our friends. We think about our children, and we either have them or we don’t. We’re either close to them, or we’re distant.
There are many Steve Jobs quotes flying around the internet. He said many profound things — and had the courage to live them out — and did much to change the world we live in. We think the quote above is better than all of them. 10,000 times better.