I never met Steve Jobs but upon hearing about his death today it felt like I had lost someone close to me.
This is the first time I’ve ever felt that feeling without knowing someone. Sure I’ve been sad about people losing their lives but Steve Jobs wasn’t just a figure on a screen, he wasn’t just a CEO. To me, Jobs was a visionary, a genius, an ambassador for the fusion of technology and life…and every single day of my last fifteen years there has been a reminder of who he is and how he has helped me communicate.
He taught us it was ok to fail.
He taught us that technology exists to help us out.
He took the computer out of business and put it in our homes, our pockets and our lives.
He made complex things simple and made them easy for people to understand.
He challenged the status quo and challenged us to Think Different.
I did and I never stopped.
He was an inspiration to me.
He made me realize that you don’t have to conform to succeed and that you should be willing to be passionate about everything you do. He wasn’t a normal CEO and Apple isn’t a normal business. I’ve met a few people who have worked for Apple and a still know a few there and all of them have said their experience for Apple was amazing.
Jobs fought the system which is why I get sad when people now say that Apple is the system.
He never was. He was a unique visionary.
Every day I use Apple products and everyday I have always had time to think of what Steve Jobs gave us.
Thank you Steve. Thank you for seeing the future and helping us towards it.
Thank you for your unswerving dedication not to give in.
Thank you for Pixar and it’s heart-warming movies.
Thank you for Apple and it’s amazing products.
But mostly thank you for never giving up, for being so passionate and for helping me out every day.
If there were more people in this world like you the world would be a livelier, richer and happier place.
My thoughts are with your family.