Thank You, Steve Jobs

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It’s unclear to me how to properly thank someone I never personally knew, but considering Steve Jobs changed the way I live, work and even dream, I feel I need to find a way. Apple’s head honcho wasn’t just a spark that pushed the envelope of technology; he completely changed the way I (we) consume media. He lead a group of innovative people and encouraged them to think big and ignore the term “impossible.” That’s something I find quite admirable.

My Facebook and Twitter feeds have been flooded with tributes to the father of the iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, iPad and anything else with the lowercase “i” in front of it. Would the term “App” even exist if it weren’t for him? I’ve never seen so many people banding together to honor this 21st century visionary (and I don’t use that term lightly).

And while I’m still not entirely sure how to say thank you, the best I can do is let these words from Mr. Jobs guide me to be the best me that I can be. That may be the ultimate way to honor his legacy.

“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 other’s 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.”
-Steve Jobs

Thank you, Steve Jobs. May your mark on the world inspire the rest of us to dream big.

Brian

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2 thoughts on “Thank You, Steve Jobs

  1. frakack

    Brian,
    Not only did he give us technology, but he gave us wisdom. I’m a Systems Engineer and I really do appreciate the tech contributions. But I’m also a writer. I’ve been carrying around with me the first and last paragraphs from his 2005 Stanford speech. It has taken 2 months of planning, but I am now a full time writer and couldn’t be happier. That speech inspired me to ask myself “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”. I had been saying ‘no’ for too many days in a row. Next step, get my book published.
    Take care and keep the articles coming,
    Fritz Franke

  2. j t hall

    I’m just getting into the 21st century, technologywise, and I’m miles behind him, but I have to admire a man who can transform how we work and think. Thank you, Steve Jobs, for all you have done with your dreams and innovations. I’m a security officer working in a hospital, and I know that both fields use a lot of his designs and creations. Lives have been saved because doctors and scientists had the tools to find answers. Bravo, Steve!

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