Remembering Steve Jobs: His Wisdom and Legacy

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday at age 56 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. What do you think was his most wonderful legacy?

On Wednesday, the home page of Apple's website was transformed into a memorial for the company's former CEO, Steve Jobs. His black and white picture was displayed on the vast white background accompanied by the dates of his life: 1955-2011. The memorial was simple, like Apple's sleek aesthetic, and bold, like Jobs himself.

Jobs died Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56, an inventor and an entrepreneur, had 317 patents and was worth an estimated $8.3 billion.

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being," the statement on Apple's website read. "Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Jobs stepped down as the head of the tech company in August, leaving a legacy as the brilliance behind one of the most valuable companies in America.

Apple has invited those wishing to share memories and condolences to email rememberingsteve@apple.com. 

What do you think was Steve Jobs’ most wonderful legacy? Did you know him? Did you ever meet him? Share your thoughts and memories in the comments. 

Wise Words from Steve Jobs

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower."

"Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish."

"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."

"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become."

"Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice."

"Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking."

"Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent."

“We don’t get a chance to do that many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life. Life is brief, and then you die, you know? And we’ve all chosen to do this with our lives. So it better be damn good. It better be worth it.”

“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.”

Deborah A Washington October 06, 2011 at 06:46 AM
I am trying to stay hungry and foolish everyday! He had turned 50 that year! Such vision such genius!!! Namaste!
Tamara Gerlach October 06, 2011 at 03:11 PM
It is overwhelming and truly inspiring to think about all of his contributions to the world. He will be missed. Blessings to his family and all who loved him.


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