I had some thoughts on what I planned on writing about today. But somehow this morning I just don’t feel like it. After hearing of the passing of Steve Jobs last night I felt what I had originally wanted to talk about was trivial.
I didn’t know a lot about Steve Jobs. Like most, I have heard of him and knew of his involvement with Apple and I knew that he was one of the pioneers of personal computers and electronics. Only through reading through the many articles and obituaries that chronicled his life have I began to understand the scope of his accomplishments.
Doesn’t it seem that it is always that way?
Throughout history, how many times have we heard of artists and visionaries who in life were not given the credibility and recognition they were due, only to receive it after their death. It seems that even in these modern times, when the world as a whole is supposedly ‘higher educated’ that this is still often the case.
A day doesn’t go by when each of our lives is not impacted by Steve’s vision and dedication to his dream. The sheer fact that you are reading this from your computers all over the world, only hours, minutes or even seconds after I publish it is a testament to that.
It is because of people like Steve that we are able to live in such a wonderful world. Our ability to communicate with others so easily and instantaneously has impacted every single day of our lives.
Often I write about thinking outside the box. I encourage you to stretch your imagination, push your limits and follow your dreams. Yes, there will be obstacles along the way. There will be resistance and failure too. It takes a special type of person to disregard those obstacles and failures and forge ahead. Those are the great innovators.
I always say ‘if it were easy, then everyone would be doing it.’
I try to remember those words myself on the days when I feel I am up against a wall and every turn that I take brings me to another wall. I try to find a way to go through, over or around that wall and continue on. When success is finally achieved, it makes it all that much sweeter.
The more I read about Steve Jobs, the more I see that he had many obstacles to overcome. But no matter how difficult his path was, he never lost sight of his dream. His perseverance and passion for his goals drove him to push ahead and even after he reached a plateau of success, he continued to dream and pushed further.
He was still pushing until the very end. Although he left this world as what I consider a young man, his legacy will live on.
Not only has he left a legacy of how to dream, but he has also left a legacy of how to live.
Thank you, Steve. I appreciate it.
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
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