iBelieve, iCan: The Genius of Steve Jobs

By Dr. Jennifer Hanes

Although it should not have been a surprise, I found myself moved to tears at the news Steve Jobs had died.  Like many, I was touched by him in an overt way, with his technological genius.

Just today I visited the iStore to purchase for my child the popular iPad application, Angry Birds. A reminder that Jobs created a world that entertained and fired the imaginations of children of all ages.

Steve Jobs created such an elegant system that even computer illiterates, like me, felt like a pro creating presentations and photo albums without the help of a tutorial.  Apple programs have never failed to intuit what I want to do next.  Before becoming an “iFan,” I had to be convinced to purchase my Apple notebook. Then I let it sit unopened for months.  Buyer’s remorse, perhaps.  I understood people said it would be an easy system to learn, but I kept thinking I lacked the time and energy to master a new system.

Jobs contribution to the world of technology was showing us that there was an easier, simpler, more elegant system available. For me, it was sitting literally at my feet, but I refused to open myself to the possibility.  I created excuses about why I did not have the time to learn something new.  But his genius proved me wrong.  He led by example, not solely with his brilliance, but with his wisdom.  At a commencement address in 2005, Steve Jobs inspired graduates with these words:

“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. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

As I thought about why I felt so sad at his passing, I read quotes by others calling him a visionary who changed the world.  It seems I am not alone in my mourning as comment pages are punctuated with “iSad” at the news of his death.  It was this sentiment that sparked my own thought:

“iBelieve, iCan”

In the stylings of Steve Jobs, it seems fitting the “i” is the lower case, indicating that as a person, I am less important than those dreams I can bring to fruition.  I am unsure if he would agree, but I think that is the point.

If I am to honor Mr. Jobs, then it is time to stop listening to the “noise of others” and quiet myself so I may listen to the desires of my own inner voice and find the courage to follow the dreams I have.

That is how I will pay my respects to you Mr. Jobs. I will follow your brave example and courageously pursue my own divine path.

iBelieve iCan

Steve, thank you for a life of inspiration!


A board certified emergency physician, Jennifer Hanes, D.O., discovered that patients have greater success when they understand their bodies.  With that unique philosophy, she founded Empowered Medicine, PLLC, where knowledge is powerful medicine.  She empowers patients with her articles, motivational speeches and private consultations.  You can learn more at www.DrHanes.com