Steve Jobs has passed away and It has made me pause and consider the impact his life has made on the world. Apart from an iPhone I haven’t owned an Apple computer but I’ve used Macs off and on over the past 30 years starting with the Apple II. Some people say Steve was a first class jerk and a control freak. I would say he wasn’t really. It was his company and he ran the organization in the way he saw fit. The results speak for themselves as Apple became a very successful and lucrative company. More companies have emulated Apple than the other way around.

His commencement speech from 2005 at Stanford was a very inspirational piece. Here’s an excerpt I especially like:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

And on a lighter note but right on the money The Onion honored Steve in their own irreverent way.,26268/