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Steve Jobs was an extraordinary human being.

I knew he’d been ill for some time, that he was battling cancer and that he was aware his life was drawing to an early close.  So it wasn’t a surprise when I saw the sad news as it was popping up all over the web on October 5th.  Once again, the social media was faster, more sincere, genuine and accurate, than the professional news media, with the news being shared on devices of his creation.

Within the hour tributes to Steve Jobs were uploaded, read and watched and heard.  Many moved me to tears and a tight throat.  That’s what surprised me, how strongly the news affected me — a blend of sorrow and anger that he was taken from us (too soon, let alone at all), and a blend of wonder at his genius and gratitude that he shared it with us.

I can’t shake the feeling that he had just found his stride, that his potential was limitless, and I agree with Apple’s official statement:

“The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Though I never had the chance to meet the man, his inventions are indelibly part of my life and many of his philosophies have seeped into my own:

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.  ~  Steve Jobs

Just as I hope to eventually show Prometheus that his sacrifice wasn’t wasted on me, I hope to do justice to the creative wisdom, clean beauty and smooth efficiency of the Apple products I own and use and enjoy.

Thank you, Mr. Jobs — I wouldn’t be able to do this without you.

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