The Life of Steve Jobs…In His Own Words (2005)

If you’ve spent anytime in the creative industry, the loss of Steve Jobs tonight is something that has touched you greatly. I’m not going to spend a lot of time with my own thoughts on the man besides to say that he’ll be remembered along with Edison, Bell, Disney, as one of the great American innovators of all time.

To me, he’ll always be the real life Willy Wonka. Emerging from the Chocolate Factory every once in a while to show us just a glimpse of how any mans dreams could become a reality.

But besides leaving us with a world completely different than the one many of us were born in, he gave us an even greater gift…a story on how to live a life to the fullest. In 2005 Jobs spoke at the commencement at Stanford University. That speech leaves no need for a eulogy. He says it all, both for him and for so many others who dare to follow your heart wherever it leads. Steve, you’ll be missed more than you’ll probably ever know.

And for the record, I’m posting this on a Mac. Rest easy, brother.