Unless you’ve been living under a rock, by now you’re well aware that Apple co-founder and visionary, Steve Jobs, passed away yesterday.
I am sitting on my floor, surrounded by my iPad and iPhone. One of three iPods is somewhere nearby, no doubt underneath a pile of papers, and I’m typing this from my constant companion, the Macbook Pro. It’s safe to say I’m an Apple fan geek, but as much as I love the company Steve Jobs built, and as impossible as it is to imagine my life without my i-Everything, the computers, the phone, whatever, are not why Steve Jobs inspired me.
People are so often caught up in what they should be. The girl across the street should be a better student. The guy on the Blu-tooth should be a better boss. I should be a better writer. While none of these are bad, it begs the question, what do you really want? More than that, how are you going to make it happen?
Steve Jobs was known for his perfectionism, for being an innovator, for being a visionary. While others settled for the safe option, for what they were supposed to be or do, Steve Jobs pushed forward. He was not afraid to test boundaries. He never gave up. He lived his life.
Yesterday the world may have bid him farewell, but for many of us, for the innovators who will come after, he will to infuse, provoke, and inspire.