Many people hope that by the time they pass away they’ll have made a mark on the world, few people succeed in doing so. Steve Jobs falls into the elite category of individuals who have indelibly changed the world for the better and will be remembered for his considerable contributions.
I grew up using PC’s, but once I took the first job I had that required using a Mac, I became a convert. Apple has succeeded in not only creating some of the best and most reliable tools for our modern world, but also in changing what people expect and want out of their day to day life according to the tools they’ve made available. We all have higher standards for our quality of life based on the products they’ve provided us.
In addition to the incomparable contributions he made to the day to day existence of millions of people through his inventions, Steve Jobs also used his influence to encourage new ideas for how people view work and innovation. He encouraged people to value creativity and following their passions over seeking more traditional methods of success by following the status quo.
Few people have made such an impact and even fewer have succeeded in doing so while maintaining a positive and affectionate following from hundreds of thousands of people, if not more. Steve Jobs will be remembered fondly and his contributions will continue to influence our lives and inspire us to create more.