I was planning to use my time tonight to complete some of those tasks that we always seem to push to the back. Then I got the text saying Steve passed away. To say I was immediately saddened would be an understatement. I knew I had to take the time to commemorate the life of a man that inspired me and several generations.
In the upcoming days, weeks, years, I’m sure there’ll be all sorts of stories and commemorative pieces shared about Steve. I’d like to share my own.
In 2001, I was a freshman in college who owned my very first PC. Walking into the computer store I saw one of those beautiful Mac towers. It was hefty, beautiful and powerful. Something I know I’d need if I was to pursue any of the creative ideas that were interesting me at the time. So I sold my Dell laptop and took out store credit to buy my first Mac. I’ve only used Mac’s since.
You see, I thought I was purchasing a computer but that’s not what I got. What I acquired was so much more valuable. Owning a Mac opened my eyes to the world of hacking (first tinkering the default icons, then system preferences, etc). I eventually began hacking (read making) music and websites. The machine’s beautiful simplicity was underpinned by its raw power and functionality. I never knew the two could co-exist. Until I met Apple.
The ease of hacking piqued my interest even further. I could only be satiated with learning more and more about the creation of things and ideas. I read more about Steve Jobs and Steve Woz and became fascinated. I immediately became a fan of Steve’s and have aspired to be him ever since.
I watched keynotes, I read bios, past interviews, “Pirates of Silicon Valley”, etc. I was and am enthralled that this man, this one man, could impact so many different industries and people for over 30 years. 30 years he has revolutionized WHOLE industries. In all the history books, I can’t say I know of anyone with a similar track record.
Steve will be remembered for his greatness. For being a visionary, an entrepreneur, a fighter and a winner. I, like you, will remember and honor him as such. He was my mentor. He changed my career choices. He changed my life for the better. And for that I will forever be grateful to him.
To his wife and children I’d just like to say thank you for sharing him with the world. Because Steve – as you know – was a part of everyone’s life. And he will continue to be so for many generations to come.