As I sit here staring at my MacBook Pro, glancing at the numerous “Did Steve Jobs die?” texts coming through on my iPhone 4; I can’t seem to fully wrap my mind around the fact that my hero has passed away.
At 7:34pm this statement was issued by Apple’s Board of Directors:
CUPERTINO, Calif., Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
I remember my first interaction with an Apple product. The year was 1998, I was seven years old and starting my first day of 3rd grade. As I walked into the classroom I couldn’t help but notice the brand new computers the school received over the summer. These were different from my plain white colored PC at home: they had cool colors. It was Apple’s iMac, which debuted in May of 1998. This was Jobs’ first product launch after Apple acquired his NeXT and rehired him as the CEO.
At 20 years old I don’t remember much from 3rd grade; but I remember the iMac. Throughout the entire school year I was fixated on my iMac. I learned to open different programs, to create documents and folders, and of course:play games. I didn’t know it at the time, but this wasn’t the first emotional experience in my life that Steve Jobs played a part in.
Jobs faced the entrepreneur’s worst nightmare: being fired from his own company. He had plenty of money and could have easily disappeared from the public image into retirement. Instead, he exemplified the never-ending entrepreneurial “itch” and passion for work which would lead him to create the most successful animation studio in the world: Pixar. Toy Story, Pixar’s first blockbuster success, is a childhood favorite to an entire generation. I feel as if my child hood innocence is locked deep within the frames of the original Toy Story movie. Steve played an important, yet subtle, role in shaping who I am today.
Faster forward to October 2011. I’m a 20 year old entrepreneur from the “dying city”, Scranton, Pa. My resources are limited; but my motivation, dedication, and love have no bounds.
I love what I do.
I love blogging about the tech industry. I love building companies. I wakeup every morning and can’t wait to get to work. In fact, before my eyes are even fully open I’m checking my email, social media, and text messages.
Steve Jobs represents the inspirational figurehead driving my motivation. If he can do it, anyone can; including me. It’s not about money. It’s not about fame. It’s about doing what you love and “trusting that the dots will someday connect in your future.”
Thanks for the amazing products, inspiration, and life lessons Steve.