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Requiem for a Dreamer

Steve Jobs passed away a week ago.

When I first learned about it, I cried. That was an odd reaction on my part. I never met or interacted with Steve Jobs and I’m not what most would define as an Apple fanboy.

I reflected upon what led me to shed tears for someone who was, technically, a stranger to me and came to realize that Steve Jobs affected and inspired my life far more that I cared to admit.

My deep sadness wasn’t just for a relatively young person who died and left a grieving family behind. It was sadness for the loss of a visionary leader who relentlessly showed us the art of what’s possible. I couldn’t help but feel the sudden end of an era. No “one more thing” left to anticipate with excitement and curiosity.

Steve didn’t personally create or invent many of Apple’s products, but he ensured that the end results we managed to get our hands on were nothing short of inspiring. He was a visionary for countless consumers, developers, entrepreneurs, and even competitors.

He managed to inspire a whole industry, while doing what he truly loved. Millions of entrepreneurs world wide have been inspired to do the same as a result of his work. This may be his greatest legacy and something that will live on in all of us long after his passing.

Goodbye, Steve, and thank you for everything.

Steve Jobs (1955 - 2011)Credit: Matt Yohe

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3 Responses to “Requiem for a Dreamer”

  1. Kaylin says:

    I love this! I cried too, and i totally agree with you. Steve was, is and always will be legendary!

  2. Justin Forder says:

    Well said. Steve’s death brought back my memory of when Jimi Hendrix died. Both live on in our memories of them, and our enjoyment of what they produced.

  3. What really made me sad about Jobs, was seing a man of that wealth caught in an incurable disease, spend the last times of his life in Apple board of directors, and not with his family.
    I admired his ability in accumulating wealth and monopoly, but I will never make that man an idol.
    The men I admire and choose as model, do behave much much differently.

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