Remembering Steve Jobs: His Wisdom and Legacy

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday at age 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. What do you think was his most wonderful legacy?

On Wednesday, the home page of Apple's website was transformed into a memorial for the company's former CEO, Steve Jobs. His black and white picture was displayed on the vast white background accompanied by the dates of his life: 1955-2011. The memorial was simple, like Apple's sleek aesthetic, and bold, like Jobs himself.

Jobs died Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56, an inventor and an entrepreneur, had 317 patents and was worth an estimated $8.3 billion.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," the statement on Apple's website read. "Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Jobs stepped down as the head of the tech company in August, leaving a legacy as the brilliance behind one of the most valuable companies in America.

Apple has invited those wishing to share memories and condolences to email rememberingsteve@apple.com. 

Wise Words from Steve Jobs

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

"That's been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."

"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."

"Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking."

"Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent."

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

“Almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

abhinaw October 06, 2011 at 02:07 PM
He realized the moment of change. Change is essential element of Life. We all know this but knowing when to change and what to change is a mystery which is known only to the rarest of the rare and Steve Jobs was one of those. He introduced iPod and iTunes at a time when music needed a change and world was ready for it. He introduced iPhone at a time when we all were feeling a need for 'something' exciting, useful and simple and he gave us an answer. He gave us iPad at a time we were tired of carrying heavy laptops but small iPhone screen was not enough for browsing. He really knew what we needed and when we needed it.
G Man October 07, 2011 at 04:31 AM
I never really got into the apple stuff - with the one exception of an apple IIc I had for a short while in the 80's - but I admired thus man tremendously. I put him on par with Thomas Edison in many respects. He started with nothing, accepted no handouts, and worked his way to the top, and in the process propelled us through the world of "high-tech" at a break-neck pace. Can you imagine if you had to do without your smart phone for even one day? Also consider the millioms of direct and ancillary jobs he created. The entire "APP" industry owes its gratitude to him. Mr. Jobs was the embodiment of the capitalistic, entrepreneurial spirit of America. Do you suppose the protesters on Wall Street think of these things as they tweet, text, and surf the web on their iphones? Somehow, I doubt it. Rest your soul, Steve. You've done a great service to humanity and, even as a dedicated PC/Blackberry guy, I say thank you.


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