Steve Jobs: A Legacy of Inspiration

The next version of the iPhone doesn’t seem so important anymore.

I heard about it in a text. My Twitter Timeline was flooded. My Facebook News Feed was in a frenzy and it felt like the wind had been knocked out of me. Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder and longtime leader of Apple, died yesterday at the age of 56.

I can’t help but feel affected by the news as I’m writing this blog on my MacBook Pro. When I travel, I use my iPad and I’d be lost without my iPhone (seriously, Google Maps is a lifesaver). His passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product, and it amazes me how he transformed the company into a technological factory of creative brilliance.

More than just a tech industry icon, Steve Jobs was also an example of life lived to the fullest and an inspiration of human achievement. His wisdom about life, death and success from his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University has renewed interest since news of his death broke. In a world that has reduced the concept of work, where the measure of success is directly related to the amount of money we make, Jobs reminds us of what’s really important.

“You’ve got to find what you love,” he says after telling the story about being fired from Apple, the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

It’s a really simple message – one we’ve all heard before, but it’s different this time. Steve Jobs changed the world, shaping history while creating the future. His legacy isn’t greater than he could have imagined, because his imagination had no boundaries and no restrictions – just pure, limitless creativity.