“You may say that I’m a dreamer…”
When John Lennon penned those words many years ago he wasn’t thinking about Steve Jobs, but a more fitting description of Steve couldn’t be written.
As most of the tech community, and the general “i” world at large, I couldn’t help but be sad at the passing of such a visionary. I’ve come to “know” Steve like many others, by being fanatically curious about how he was able to do what he did; and of course, what was coming next.
As the initial emotions wore off, I started to wonder how the world would respond. The initial news stories were uplifting, but how long before someone tried to disrespect his legacy? Would the greatest minds that he’s helped influence and work with galvanize into action and produce even greater things than we could ever imagine, in his honor? Would we find out about a letter that he wrote that was instructed to be opened after he passed that outlined the future of technology?
Other questions started to pop in like: how bad was he when he finally stepped down, why would someone work that long up towards their death, and I really hope he knew just how much he “put a ding in the universe.” (as he was famous for desiring to do)
The question about why he would work up until the time he died was quickly answered when I saw a quote from his 2005 commencement address at Stanford.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know it when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.”
Congratulations Steve on finding what you love to do. A true goal for each of us.
While they haven’t announced the formal cause yet, I would speculate that his battle with cancer was the culprit. For me, remembering that was what changed everything.
I believe his legacy of changing the world is as large as it could possibly be and squarely in tact. I only hope that his real influence is still to come, by igniting others to tackle that horrible disease – cancer. If the greatest minds in the world, that he’s worked with, that respect him, and that he’s influenced in some way, honor him by solving that problem, it would be a ding in the universe that maybe even he couldn’t of imagined. Let’s do it.