Thursday, 6 October 2011

Steve Jobs. RIP to an innovation legend.

Steve Jobs -An inspiration to us all

Just wanted to add a short post in light of today's sad news about the loss of Steve Jobs. He was an inspiration to us all and has certainly left his mark on the World and his legacy will continue.

I personally was inspired to consider changing careers by a speech he gave at Stanford University about his life and career. In this speech he said...
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it."
His mantra from this speech to ... "stay hungry, stay foolish" is an important message for us all.

Thanks Steve for being such an inspiration to so, so many.

Steve Job's speech at Stanford

Monday, 3 October 2011

Picking your battles and "the youth of today"

Last Wednesday I was witness to an incident on London public transport which made a heavy impression on me, so I decided to share this with you. 

I was on the top deck of a London Bus (route 19 to be exact) on my way home from Knightsbridge when a large group of school kids (mainly boys aged about 12/13 years old) got on and all sat at the back of the bus on the top deck. They were really rowdy and seemed pretty excitable (too much lemonade/fizzy pop as my dad would say). Anyway there was lots of shouting and screaming and it made the other passengers pretty uncomfortable. I was sitting right at the front of the bus (I know, I'm  a child) and next to me on the seats on the other side was an older gentlemen (let's say 60 ish years old). 

After about 5 minutes on the bus, two boys rushed to the front and sat in the spare seats neat me. The older guy was sitting in the aisle seat so one of the boys climbed over him (literally as if he wasn't there) to sit down. After a minute the boys got bored (as expected) and so wanted to move to the back of the bus with the other kids. 

But when the boy sitting next to the older guy tried to move the older guy decided to physically restrain him, shouting,"No you're not moving!"  There was lots of shouting between the 2 of them and eventually the boy wriggled free of the older mans grip (but not before knocking the older guy's glasses off).

The older guy was pretty shaken up and got off at the next stop. Ironically the kids also got off at the same stop as the bus driver refused to move until they left. Other adult passengers on the bus started shouting at the kids, saying they should respect their elders and it all got a bit heated. The kids had no come back to the other passenger words and as they left the bus a lot of the adult passengers clapped.

All in all the whole episode lasted 10 minutes but I thought about it for a long time after.  I thought what a shame it was that the older guy didn't get to see the other passengers standing up for him and I wondered how he was feeling and if he was recovering ok. I also wondered whether I should have done to more to calm the situation. 

But most of all I thought about how we should pick our battles carefully and learn to control out anger and frustration. Yes, the boy was behaving badly but in my mind that was no excuse for the older man to physically restrain him and hold him against his will. I can understand the older man's frustration at the "youth of today" (I could see it in his eyes the moment the kids sat near us) but is violence, shouting and kicking these kids off buses really the way to address this problem?  

I dont pretend to know what the proper solutions are, but wanted I would put this story out there for any further pondering...

Till next time... pick your battles carefully (please),

Peace and love