Steve Jobs died today. He was an adopted child who grew up to build an enormous company full of innovation and materialized dreams. He revolutionized the personal computer to what we know it to be today. And he was known to follow his dreams relentlessly, inspiring many along the way. He was unique in his own way, and now we’ve lost him.
Or did we?
Mr. Jobs will live on in the hearts and minds of people who admire his work, or those of us who follow our dreams, and in the innovations that will surely be timeless. Just like so many thinkers and doers from history still live on today, Steve Jobs will go on in history.
Not only that, but if we push our children to be innovators in science, technology, the arts, we can very much have another Steve Jobs in our generation. I’d like to believe we will. I’d like to believe that our children will see a need and fill it, will take an idea and go with it.
The following is from Epi Ren, taking from Mr. Jobs’ commencement address to Stanford University in 2005:
Because of Steve Jobs, many of us believe that, yes, the dots will connect down the line, and so we follow our hearts.
Rest in peace, Steve Jobs, 1955-2011.