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On the Passing of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder 1955-2011

Steve Jobs, Apple Co-Founder 1955-2011

Steve is the one who brought me to what I am today. He is the reason I worked hard to get where I am at and why I have decided to get into computer science. He is an amazing person who changed the world. People seem to overlook all the things we have on personal computers today. The fact that you can choose a font depending on the mood and feeling on your computer is just one thing we can attribute to Steve Jobs. His attention to detail is what makes me work hard constantly updating all my projects since they are never perfect. He is responsible for several amazing things in this world. Many don’t realize it but Steve Jobs has impacted your life more than you know. From the phone you use to to the computer you type on he is responsible. If it weren’t for him I don’t know where I would be. I know I wouldn’t be at one of the leading universities in the United States studying computer science. If it weren’t for him I could have been a teen hanging out with the wrong crowd.

I am deeply saddened by this news, I don’t know how to express my feelings. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and the Apple community. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven 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 is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

— Excerpt from Steve Job’s 2005 Stanford commencement speech