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Farewell, Mr. Jobs

Yesterday, the world lost a brilliant mind and while many will say some of the same eulogy-type things (most of which were pre-prepared given his advanced stage of cancer), I would rather focus on the type of person it takes to do what Steve Jobs did.

There is no glory in being a visionary, certainly not from the onset. He faced criticism from all sides: those that didn’t believe in any of his concepts, those that thought he was being an idealist. Mr. Jobs’ best quote is really this one he made at a Stanford University commencement event:

“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. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

And truly, that is the crux of his life. What we can learn from Mr. Jobs is not just that he revolutionized our entertainment industry and made the devices we know today a daily part of our lives (which he did); instead it is in how he lived his life & how he approached his work. It wasn’t just work to him — it was passion. It wasn’t just life — it was an opportunity to make a difference.

If we as a society learn anything from him, it would be these tenets: do what you truly love, be passionate about it. It may not be what you expected right away, but you cannot give up on your goals, on your vision. All we have in life is our vision. It’s what wakes us up every morning, it is what has us go to work and it drives everything that we do whether or not we realize it. It’s time that we become more conscious of how we are in this world and what we are here to contribute.

This is Steve Jobs’ TRUE legacy. And for that, it is truly a sad, sad farewell that we will not have his physical presence and inspired genius to remind us that we all have this potential. We all can live our lives this way.

So the question is: How are you going to make a difference… today & every day for the rest of your life?