As we mourn the loss of Apple visionary Steve Jobs, his words are showing up everywhere; in the news, the streets, on Facebook and Twitter, reminding us not only of his creative genius but his ability to inspire. The legacy of Steve Jobs has everything to do with the Delivering Happiness movement, and we will miss his spirit. Yes, he was a shrewd businessman who pioneered an influential company, but beyond that, inspired thousands upon thousands to find their own happiness. From his 2005 Stanford commencement speech:
“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.
Our Facebook community shared their thoughts upon learning about Jobs' death and what his life and actions meant to them.
"He just made it a joy to use a computer, a tablet, a phone. Looking at these devices...just looking at them...makes me smile. Simply put, he delivered happiness." -Stephanie Fox
"Jobs was the Benjamin Franklin of our time. No one had his vision and insights." -Julia Anne Bourne
"The Ipod, the Ipad, Pixar.... Just seeing the Apple icon has so much meaning in our lives. I was around before computers, I was the first on my block to get a personal computer. The first computer I ever saw was an Apple back in either the late 70s or early 80s while I was in high school. It was the coolest thing! Steve Jobs has become part of the landscape of our lives. It's sad that he is no longer around to continue to drive amazing innovation, although he paved the way for more innovators to follow." -Kelly Casey
"Steve may be gone, but the dent he made in the universe is here to stay. Brilliant innovation. Tenacious execution. Relentless spirit. Rest in peace." -David Sharp