Wednesday, October 5, 2011

RIP Steve Jobs

It is with an incredibly sad heart that I report on the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple founder, at the far too young age of 56. I feel like I've lost a family member. Of course I haven't and can only offer my condolences to his wife Laurene, and their family and all of Steve's friends and fans. Steve passed away after many years of battling complications from pancreatic cancer. Apple's web site announced the news today:
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. 

I am reminded of a quote that Steve made during a commencement address at Stanford University in the spring 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. 
Steve's work has and will continue to bring joy to millions.

His legacy is inspirational.

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