Where were you last night when you heard the news about the passing of Steve Jobs? Were you texting, tweeting or conversing on your iPhone? Emailing on your iPad? Downloading a song from iTunes? Chances are everyone of us has at least one product created by Jobs iconic company, Apple.
It’s very easy to marvel at the wonder of Steve Jobs mind –how he could see the vision of the future before any of us knew what we needed. He was the gold standard. And in being the consummate innovator, he transformed our lives.
In his 2005 Commencement address delivered at Stanford University, he said, “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.”
Who knows what products will change our lives 5 years from now. I don’t know, but I am certain that Steve Jobs already was working on new solutions for our lives.
This quote by Leo Rosten is particularly meaningful at this time “I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, and to be compassionate. It is after all, to matter: to count: to stand for something, to have made a difference that you lived at all.” Steve Jobs made a difference and his legacy will live on forever.