But it's not the superior tech products that make the world mourn Steve Jobs. It was his creative spirit... his drive to create something new... something better.
I've said on this blog before that creativity is important, essential even, to our well-being. I'd like to think Steve Jobs would agree.
On the iPod Touch I ordered Tuesday, Oct. 4, I had the following engraved on the back:
"My business is to create"
- William Blake
One of my recent posts featured this quote, and as I pondered what to have engraved on the back of my new iPod, this immediately came to mind. I think it's fitting, not only because creativity is such an enormous part of my life, but because Steve Jobs exhibited the kind of creativity we should all aspire to.
Creative types are sometimes thought of as odd... strange... abnormal. It's a tough way to walk when you're growing up, but as an adult, those labels become badges of honor. I think Steve Jobs thought so too.
"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the troublemakers,
the round pegs in the square holes...
the ones who see things differently - they're not fond of rules...
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them,
but the only thing you can't do is ignore them
because they change things...
they push the human race forward,
and while some may see them as the crazy ones,
we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough
to think that they can change the world,
are the ones who do."
~ Steve Jobs ~
1955 - 2011