One after another, the giants of online are showing their respect tonight, on the news of Steve’s untimely (but not entirely unexpected) death at only 56. He was truly an inspirational figure – for the employees of Apple, for the consumers enraptured with his company’s innovative ideas, and for all the world’s entrepreneurs. Selfishly, I will always regret never having a chance now to meet him and to shake the hand of someone whose work has so greatly affected my life and the lives of so many others, and not just by building widgets that are bought and sold but by being true to his convictions, living his life with purpose and stretching his imagination – and ours with it.
Media moguls, employees, industry leaders and even the president of the USA have stopped what they were doing tonight to pay their respects. It’s so rare for anyone in the public eye as much as Steve Jobs was to be so well-loved and respected by so many, but Steve seems to break that mold by having been the rare person that was as earnestly ambitious as he was brilliant and humble.
The media world, the tech industry, Silicon Valley, and all of us who aspire to change our little corner of the world with our finite time in this life will all greatly miss you, Steve, and I hope we all honor your memory by accomplishing even a fraction of what you have.
And the seemingly-endless outpouring of messages tagged #ThankYouSteve tweeted by millions around the world: #ThankYouSteve on Twitter.
Some of Steve Jobs’ inspirational words over the years:
- “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
- “Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
- “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”
- “Only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, & only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
- “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. ”
- “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
P.S.: I read about Steve’s passing on my iPhone and composed this message on my MacBook. Steve – I owe a lot to your genius.