It has been a decade since we lost Steve Jobs to pancreatic cancer. He was the modern-day Einstein or Tesla of our generation. And we miss him.
Apple marked the tenth anniversary of his passing with a tribute on the Apple website. Apple’s current CEO Tim Cook also sent a company-wide memo to commemorate the company’s late co-founder.
Everyone from Bill Gates to President Obama commemorated Steve’s legacy. Artists, politicians, business people, journalists, and fans alike all felt the earth shake.
During his lifetime Jobs introduced some of the most innovative technology products ever created. He built the first personal computers. And revolutionized consumer products by creating the Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
He is also credited with starting Pixar where he built the first computerized animation studio. And eventually sold it to Disney. Which was a deal that resulted in Steve becoming the largest shareholder of Disney.
But first Steve Jobs founded Apple. And he was able to create computers and phones that ultimately fit in your hand or in your watch. But there was also conflict and Jobs walked away from Apple a billionaire. Years later he was destined to return to the company and totally rebuild it.
Steve was the first technology giant to become a pop-cultural icon. He abandoned the business suit for a black turtleneck and jeans. And he gave presentations that mesmerized his audience. He convinced us of the impossible and then he made it come true. He was a miracle worker and a visionary that changed our world.
Steve Jobs embodied all the slogans that appeared at Apple. “Think Different” and “Stay hungry. Stay foolish,” became words to live by. Because no one can deny that he lived by them.
“That’s the most important thing, is to shake off this erroneous notion that life is there and you’re just gonna live in it. Versus embrace it, change it, improve it, make your mark upon it. I think that’s very important and however, you learn that, once you learn it, you’ll want to change life and make it better because it’s kinda messed up in a lot of ways. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Steve Jobs, 1994