Like the rest of the world I am deeply saddened by the loss of life that was Steve Jobs. While not a shock considering his health issues, it is very sad for many reasons that hit close to home for me. He has children and wife that are still alive, without a father.
I never met him or even saw him in person. I only read about him and watched interviews, keynotes, and speeches he gave. He was a very captivating speaker and seemed to know how to motivate people.
You will be missed by more than just us fanboys.
Here are a few links to neat tributes, quotes, and thoughts on Steve's life, work and philosophy.
The list of web pages created in the last several days is endless. This is just another one that doesn't mean much to anyone, but is a way for me to place my thoughts.
my favorite Steve Jobs quote comes from his 2005 Stanford commencement speech.
"...Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone 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.”
These words may be morbid to some, but are so true. So many people (myself included) are afraid to follow their dreams for some reason or another. if we can learn anything from this man let it be to not be fearful, and to live life.
And a final quote from one of our founding presidents, Abraham Lincoln.
"...And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."