Steve Jobs: 56 Years of Genius

WhatPirate Flag at Half Staff can I say that hasn’t been said? Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, creator of the home computer, the graphical operating system and the smart phone, is dead at the age of 56. Fifty-six years is far too short for any man or woman, much less one of Jobs’ talents. And yet, 56 years was all Jobs needed. Though he did not live to a ripe hold age, he did more in the time given to him than most people could do in a dozen lifetimes.

I was never lucky enough to meet the man. I never got to experience his charisma first-hand, the so-called “reality distortion field“. But Steve Jobs was a part of my life, just as he was a part of yours. The world we live in would be worse without his existence.

You Are Already Naked

We would do well to live life like Jobs, to focus on giving our best to the world: working harder and smarter than we could possibly imagine. Because as Steve Jobs said, in his commencement speech at Stanford University:

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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.

Rest in peace, Mr. Jobs. You now belong to the ages.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at

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