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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs: The Loss Of An Icon (1955-2011)



Every now and then, someone affects history on a massive scale. Steve Jobs is one of these people. As the CEO, chairman and co-founder of Apple, Inc, Steve contributed more than just innovative applications and devices that changed how the world operated, he contributed words of wisdom that altered how we think and changed how humanity believed.

Love your iPhone? Can’t live without your iPod? Hooked on your new iPad? Thank Steve for all of that. In fact, Steve was responsible for over 338 patent products ranging from computers to user interfaces in his lifetime.

In addition to great applications and Apple products, Steve was behind the creative film projects such as “Toy Story,” “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” and “A Bugs Life” among other dynamic Pixar Studio productions. When Disney bought out Pixar, Jobs became the largest individual shareholder (7%) owning more than Disney family member Roy E. Disney, who died owning about 1% of the company.

Consumers and celebrities are speaking out about their sadness and the impact his loss is having on them. Twitter and Facebook has been overflowing with quotes and images of Steve Jobs.

Actor Ashton Kutcher posted on his Facebook page:
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected." -#SteveJobs

Additionally, on his Twitter Ashton posted this Avatar in honor of Steve Jobs

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, Steve fought and pushed on. Overcoming the odds and perservering in life is something that was instilled in him since being adopted as a child. He embraced the fact that he was given an opportunity at a better life, and he never once stopped making it happen for himself as long as he was alive. RIP Steve Jobs.

Below are some of our choice quotes  of Steve Jobs to share with you...

"The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network. We're just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people--as remarkable as the telephone." -- Playboy interview, 1985

"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." -- BusinessWeek interview, May 1998

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something -- your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life." -- Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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. ... Stay hungry. Stay foolish." -- Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.

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