Sadly, tonight comes news that Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and one of the greatest technological minds of all time, has died. After battling cancer for years, he resigned from his role as chief executive officer in August because he could "no longer meet [his] duties and expectations," so his death wasn't entirely unexpected. But it does come as a shock to know that the man who changed our world in so many ways is no longer here in this world with us. He was 56.
As sad as this news is, however, the imprint he left on our lives in so many ways will never die. Beyond the iPhone and the iPad, it's the way Jobs approached business and life with such enthusiasm, determination, and a desire to make things better that will be remembered most by many. Here are five of my favorite Steve Jobs quotes that exemplify the kind of man he was and the legacy he leaves us:
1. In an incredibly motivational and often-quoted speech to Stanford graduates in 2005, he talked about the importance of loving your work:
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 when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.
2. Also from that speech, he spoke about living every day like it's your last:
... for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
3. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on May 23, 1995, he revealed what drives him:
Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful ... that’s what matters to me.
4. Talking to Wired in 1996, he spoke about the ways in which we may be failing future generations:
I’m an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what’s happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don’t seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids.
5. In 1981, he laid out his ambitions in the simplest of words for writer Phil Patton:
I want to put a ding in the universe.
And oh what a ding he did indeed put in it. RIP, Steve.
What will you remember most about Steve Jobs?
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