RIP: Steve Jobs

October 6, 2011

Today, the world lost a true genius.  Few people can really say they changed the world.  Steve did.  I can think of more than one lesson I’ve had involving an iPhone video.  I can think of more than one range session where I’ve used my iPod.  I can think of more than one review that i’ve written for this blog on either my iPad or MacBook Air.

Steve, you changed the way we communicate with our world.  From the PF,  Thank you.

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Today is a sad day for our country and our world. Steve Jobs, one of the only true innovators left in our modern generation, has left us. I attended a breakfast this morning where one of Jobs’s career employees, Walt Wilson, spoke of Jobs’s impact on the world. Steve Jobs lived with a fire and brilliance that few can achieve. He followed his pursuits with excellence, and he treated business with a carelessness that belied his success, but was the ultimate cause of it. Walt Wilson quoted Steve Jobs in a speech he delivered to Stanford University’s graduating class of 2005:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Thank you, Steve, for following your heart–and for teaching us all that we can be successful doing the same.

You will be missed

-JK

for the full text of Steve Jobs’s speech, visit http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

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