Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Make Your Own Place

I love my iPhone. It is my most cherished possession, my life line and single greatest invention of my time. (excluding advancement in modern medicine and the DVR) When I received my iPhone it reminded me of the scene in "Lord of the Rings"when Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) gave Frodo the light of Earendil. She said to Frodo, "May it be a light for you in dark places when all other lights go out." It introduced me to a whole new world. I had music,books, movies and internet on the go. So thanks to this delightful piece of technology there will always be a special place in my heart for it's creator Steve Jobs.

It was in an interview, from 1985, I read today in Newsweek that I found inspiring and want to share with you. It was conducted just after Steve Jobs was asked to leave Apple, a company he co-founded then later returned to in 1996. The CEO at the time announced publicly that there was no longer a role for Steve at Apple.
Steve's response was this, I respect the direction that Apple is going in. But for me personally, you know, I want to make things. And if there's no place for me to make things there, then I'll do what I did twice before. I'll make my own place.

And that ladies and gentleman is what stirred the coals in my fire. I thought I want to make things. I want to share my creation with the world.

Now I'm not saying I had a life changing revelation or anything but it did remind me that if I want to make an impact in the literary world I am going to have put myself on the map. When an agent tells me there is no place for me with thier agency I will move onto the next. I'm going to have to put in the time and the work, no one else can do that for me. I'll make my own place.

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