Steve Jobs died today.
A visionary, a legend, an inventor, a father, and a husband.
It is a sad day for Apple and Apple fans, of which I am one.
There are few people who have inspired others to think differently about technology and business than Steve Jobs. He shaped, and reshaped, industries and inspired others to do the same.
He leaves this earth at the young age of just 56.
Steve had the gift of being a talented artist and a precise engineer all at the same time. Not to mention he could give a keynote like no other.
What strikes me the most about his passing is not the magnitude of his accomplishments, his incredible genius, or the company he has left behind. What strikes me the most is that 100% of us will also die. Regardless of how great or how worthless we are, or think we are.
What his life, and death, inspire me to seek something greater than profits or earthly achievements. Billions of dollars and millions of fans cannot add years to your life, so live it well. As Steve once said: “Your time on this earth is limited, don’t live someone else’s life, live by your vision.”
One thing we all have in common, is that one day, we will die. It might no be pleasant to think about, but it’s reality. So, what’s next?
Are we just dust? Or is there something more?
I believe this life is nothing more than a pin point on the timeline of eternity. Moments like these put things into perspective. Moments like these remind me to put more focus on the eternity and less focus on this life.
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the ones who see things differently.”