“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.” -Steve Jobs
…and something wonderful, he did. His vision revolutionized technology, and undoubtedly, communication. He created a brand, but most importantly, he defined a generation. Sure, I own an iPhone and a iPod, work on an iPad, love Pixar movies, and use iTunes on a regular basis, but I recognize that Steve Jobs’s impact on the industry (and quite honestly, on our way of life) is far more intangible than that.
His was a life marked by hard work, diligence, commitment, and sheer genius, which is sure to live on for generations to come. His loss to cancer is another reminder that we must truly live before we die, as Steve Jobs so beautifully put it at his Stanford University commencement speech in 2005 (video), a year after first being diagnosed.