"No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heave don't want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it and that is as it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It's life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now, the new is you."
- Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
You may have already heard the news, but I thought his passing deserved a post in my blog. Former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed today after a long battle with cancer. While his passing is not entirely shocking given his ongoing health problems and recent decision this past August to step down, his death certainly marks the end of an amazing era of innovation and evolution in the way we use and view technology. In my opinion, it would be silly to think that his amazing aesthetic and drive to innovate everyday technology hasn't majorly affected the industry substantially.
I remember being in high school when the first iPod launched. It was unbelievably fresh and different from the way we listened and stored music up to that point. At the time, I was dating someone that was an immense fan of Apple so I heard about every change, upgrade, new release, etc. throughout the early 2000s. I remember watching as Apple stores began to pop up across my state--each being met by geeky enthusiasts anxious to be one of the first to cross the threshold.
I have always been impressed by the beautifully unique physical appearances of so many of Apple's products. Steve Jobs didn't think outside of the box, he took the box and transformed it into something so much more impressive than anything we could have imagined. I find him inspiring when it comes to his eye for design and work ethic. I am well aware of the fact that he was well-known for being difficult to work with at times, temperamental, etc., but sometimes I think genius is difficult to manage and reign in when you work with or manage others. Regardless, he is truly an inspiration and I think many feel the same.
If I could be even a smidgen as creative as Steve Jobs was throughout his life, I would be pleased.
RIP Steve Jobs, you will truly be missed.
Steve Jobs has left behind his wife and 4 children.
You can read what CNN had to say HERE.