The Legacy of Apple’s Steve Jobs

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Along with the rest of the world, we’re saddened by the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who passed away yesterday at the age of 56.

In talking about his death, world leaders, business people, and  media around the world are describing Steve Job’s as a “visionary,” which is defined as “thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom.” And when you think about how Jobs imagined and created incredible technological breakthroughs, ones that have literally transformed the way people everywhere communicate, it’s clear that the term “visionary” is spot on.

Our mission here at Like a Boss is to inspire girls everywhere to explore their dreams, share their vision, and design their future. The legacy that Steve Jobs leaves behind is further encouragement to all of us to do just that. Steve explored his dreams and his passions throughout his life, famously dropping out of college so he didn’t have to take required classes and instead enrolling in those he found more interesting, like calligraphy, a class that would teach him about typefaces. 10 years later, his knowledge and love for typefaces would be instrumental in making Mac the first computer to use different fonts.

Take a quick inventory of friends and family using Apple products – iPods, iPads, iPhones, Apple computers – and it’s clear that Steve shared his vision with the world. Steve kept imagining and innovating and constantly pushing the envelope when thinking about how people could use technology to improve their life and positively impact the world. And in this way, Steve Jobs didn’t only design his future – from his humble beginnings of co-founding Apple in his parents garage at the age of 20 to running one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Steve Jobs helped design the future for all of us.

Steve Jobs gave the commencement address at Stanford University in 2005, and his inspirational talk, entitled How To Live Before You Die, has been watched by millions on the TED Talks website. In his speech, Steve talked about following his passion, following his heart, and trusting that what he was doing had a purpose even though at the time, he didn’t know what that purpose was.

…You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. – Steve Jobs

Thank you to Steve Jobs for showing all of us how to imagine, explore, and share our passions with the world. Your legacy will not be forgotten.

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Watch Steve Job’s inspirational commencement speech in full here:

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