Sometimes there are things that happen that require all else to stop, for just a moment, so we can all truly understand the impact. Steve Jobs passed away yesterday – and this is something that requires a break in fashion to understand the impact he had on our lives.
I got the news of Jobs passing while in a meeting, through an app on my iPhone. In fact, everyone who mentioned the news found it on their iPhones, and I see that as beauty. After the meeting everyone was discussing Jobs and his passing, most of us in shock and not capable of understanding what this meant. However the CEO of company, Matt Goddard, starting talking about how Steve Jobs and Apple have not just given us amazing technology, they have completely altered the way we live our lives. And this is why everyone is so affected by this death – and why this death impacts CEOs to developers to consumers.
Think about each device Apple has released, under the heavy influence of Steve Jobs. The iMac. The iPod. The iPhone. The iPad. Some people say they are overpriced, underused products. I say they are the devices that have changed the way that society lives, communicates and forms relationships. There is no use in going into details of why this is true – it is a fact. Do your own research. If you don’t have an iPhone, check out where the idea for your smartphone came from. Let me save you some time: Steve Jobs came up with that idea.
There is rarely a single human being who is able to affect so many people through technology – especially in this day and age where it seems as if everything has already been created, and there isn’t anything new to be discovered. Steve Jobs has shown us that there is always something new and we should always be trying to discover it.
Nothing I can say or write will do Jobs justice. Only Steve Jobs himself can do that, so below you’ll find a video of his commencement speech at Stanford University. If you can take any lessons from Jobs, take the lesson of love. Love what you do. Do what you love. And if you can’t say, everyday, “this is how I’d live my last day,” it may be time to start doing what you truly love.