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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Leaves Us a Challenge: Live Fully

Steve Jobs, Apple Genius and Visionary

The sad news that Steve Jobs has died is a top story on the news today.  Can one man or woman change the world?  Steve Jobs did.  And, he did it in an elegant and dignified manner.  I don't know how he passed his last weeks or hours, but imagine that he did it with similar grace, as much as that is possible as a body succumbs to cancer.  I know so many people right now who are also facing that inevitable transition we must all go through someday: when death closes the final door to life as we know it.

A couple of quotes from Steve Jobs:

"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."

"I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."

Most of us will not make the headlines when we die, but we can impact those around us with our talents and gifts.  We can be a light in our small corner of the world.  Steve Jobs strove to keep things simple and light, to make things functional and useful, and to enjoy the process and make it meaningful. 

I wonder what else he would have brought the world if he had lived to old age.  A candle that burned too brightly and too quickly?  In the end, all of the money in the world, all of the medical knowledge we now have, the resources and technology, cannot save us when it is time to go.  

Life is precious.  Live fully!


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“Whatever you say, say it with conviction.”

(Both by the master, Mark Twain)

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