Steve Jobs Died, But Steve Jobs Lived

Image by Jonathan Mak Long

When someone culturally significant dies, it is as if a landmark has fallen down. People obsess over the changed landscape and the way that the loss of this landmark will affect the view. Where people and landmarks differ, however, is in how they affect the landscape inside us. Steve Jobs has not disappeared from view. He lived, and he made a difference. He's part of our culture and ourselves, whether we've ever bought an item prefaced with a lower case 'i' or not.

I urge you in the days that follow to remember one thing. Steve Jobs did not just die ... he lived.

Think of a trait of his: his inventiveness, creativity, refusal to accept second best ... and think how you could apply that to your life. Celebrate his life by improving your own. Then step beyond that and improve others. That's what he did, and what he will continue to do, with your help.

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

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