A Tribute To Steve Jobs (1955 – 2011)

This week’s Q&A Friday has been postponed to bring to you this tribute of our fellow entrepreneur, Steve Jobs.

Yesterday was a sad day in hearing the passing of Steve Jobs. But instead of focusing on his death, I’ve decided to focus on his life. This is a tribute to a fellow entrepreneur, a thought leader, an innovator and all around inspiration.

Steve Jobs always had a love for technology and through a series of steps eventually led him to be the co-founder of Apple computers; along with others helped develop personal computers. History was being made that day and he didn’t even know it.

His role was not without challenges and several years after starting Apple, left the company. But to our much benefit returned in the late 1990’s more eager than ever to make his mark by introducing the iPod and later the iPhone and iPad; three technologies that revolutionized everything.

Unfortunately in 2004 Steve Jobs announced that he pancreatic cancer. The world has since then watched as his health continued to deteriorate. Eventually Steve was forced to resign his position from Apple in 2011 due to health issues.

Steve Jobs Commencement Address to Stanford in 2005

October 6, 2011 – Apple released a separate statement saying that Jobs had died. The statement read “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Steve Jobs leaves behind a wife and four children as well as his legacy for being one of the most influential entrepreneurs in history that understood the importance of leading your life from heart and sharing your gifts with the world.

I didn’t personally know Steve. However, he has touched the lives of millions of people in the world through his creations, his passion and his inspiration; including mine. He was a testament that if you are passionate about what you do in life, dreams do come true.

And for that I thank him.

In his own words,

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living some else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become… everything else is secondary.

You will be missed. RIP.

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