A year ago today I heard the news that Steve Jobs had passed away. He was, like for many others, one of my biggest heroes and I’m not afraid to say that I shed a tear on the morning of 5th October 2011 (typing this now weirdly makes me feel emotional).
I’ve never been affected in this way about any other person who is in the public eye that has died. I remembering being shocked at not only the fact that Steve had lost his battle to cancer but also the impact that it had on me emotionally.
When I was very young I discovered an Apple computer hidden in the corner of a PC shop and thought it was absolutely brilliant (then I noticed the price tag and decided there was no way I was going to convince my parents to part with that scale of money). What it did do was inspire me to read about the people who created it, a first for me at the time, and from that moment on my casual interest for technology exploded into a full blown love for everything electronic (some may call it an obsession).
The day I discovered I could watch Steve Jobs’ presentations and speeches on the internet was the one that may have resulted in me now needing glasses when looking at a screen. It increased my admiration for him ten fold and more than anything I knew I wanted to meet him. Ever since then watching the Apple events and reading the live blogs has become an annual tradition.
Steve passing away meant I’d never get to meet him, to be able to thank him and perhaps I’ll never get to work for Apple. However the videos, the speeches, the products, the endless quotes have all provided endless inspiration.
For me this video below will always be the most inspiring and will remain my favourite Steve Jobs speech. Ultimately my way of saying thank you to Steve is to live by being true to myself and to find that thing that will help me change the world around me in a positive way.
I encourage you to visit the Apple site today see a lovely tribute video and message from Tim Cook.
Thank you Steve.
A couple of inspirational quotes for you, one by Steve Jobs and the other by Steve Wozniak:
“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. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”
– Steve Jobs
“My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good computers.”
– Steve Wozniak