I’m typing this on my MacBook Pro, while my iPhone streams music (purchased from the iTunes Store) to the Airport Express. Later I might watch a show on the AppleTV, then do some end-of-day reading on my iPad.
So yes, I could thank Steve for all he has done for computing. Out of his vision and drive were borne these amazing products. And these products then went on to redefine entire categories—remember how computers/smartphones/tablets looked like before the Mac/iPhone/iPad?
But to me, it has always been about more than this. More than technology. It’s about us and how we can—in our own small ways—do our part to improve this messy world of ours. Have a talent for product design? Design a better milk carton. A carpenter? Build a better chair. Write software? Code the hell out of that function.
Be better in whatever you do.
Steve’s was a philosophy on life. On finding and pursuing your passion. Not settling. Going against the grain. Having the courage to stand up for what you believe in. For simplicity. And truth.
His passing reminds me—more than ever—that life is just too damn short. You spend so much of it on work, so why not do what you love? What excites and inspires you? What can you make to make the world better?
You’ve got to find what you love.
I’m glad Steve found his.