Thank you, Steve

Steve Jobs 1955-2011 by mak1e, on Flickr
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Like millions of people all around the world, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Steve Jobs. I was completely shocked last night when I checked Facebook and read a friend’s status update: “RIP Steve Jobs”. Without even thinking about it I jumped over to Twitter to see if it was true because at that point I thought it couldn’t be possible. How can the world lose such an innovator, difference maker, dreamer, believer and creator? Sadly the Tweets poured down the page 140 characters after 140 more announcing the news, the truth. People were on Twitter, and still are today, sharing their sadness, disbelief and memories. When the NY Times created #stevejobslegacy people began to rapidly respond, in many languages, all of the ways Steve and his work have impacted the world. To me the beauty of humanity is apparent in the collective outpouring of grief and gratitude and in the unifying force of people connecting and expressing so openly, so publicly. The flood of memories and emotions doesn’t stop at Twitter. People are blogging about Steve, creating images, reflecting on his quotes, and viewing and commenting on his many speeches and presentations. His eloquent 2005 Stanford Commencement Address provides a window into some of the beliefs that fuelled Steve’s outlook on life and lead to his successes (this video has now been viewed over 6.5 million times).

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And 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. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” ~Steve Jobs

Thank you, Steve for your passion, vision, tenacity, creativity, genius and energy. Thank you for seeing what we couldn’t and creating the unimaginable. I am grateful that you chose to share your gifts with the world. You made a difference, you brought about change, and you inspired the belief in the impossible. What a beautiful legacy.


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