Everyone remembers where they were when JFK was shot; when the twin towers fell; when they discovered Princess Diana had lost her life on that fateful drive through Paris. Steve Jobs passed away yesterday, which of his devices were you using when you found out? For me, it was my iPhone. For others it was online via their Mac, a few would have learned the news on an iPad. Even those of you who don’t subscribe to the Apple way of life, most likely read of Steve Jobs passing via a device that was heavily influenced by his innovation.
There is no doubt that Steve Jobs was one of the most innovative, creative, influential men of our century. His leadership, vision, passion, dedication and utterly daring approach is exemplary to this and future generations. Steve Jobs, and his team at Apple, shaped the way we now use technology. As co-founder of Pixar, he brought animated movies to a new level. His approach to retail (as evidenced in Apple stores around the world), changed consumer expectations and influenced customer service departments internationally. In short, the man is far greater than the Apple brand.
Now, more than ever, it pains me to see a life cut short by cancer. I am reminded why I chose Livestrong as my non-profit to support in the marathon. But, most importantly, I am urged to live life before I die. “Life is too short” may be an over-used cliche but I am starting to see the truth in that little phrase. There are places to see, fun to have, dreams to follow. Over to Mr Jobs (he says it better than I can):