Tribute to Steve Jobs: How Are You Making a Difference?

Steve Jobs Quote

How are you making a difference?

As we mourn the loss of Steve Jobs and I see all the tributes and quotes being shared on Facebook, it prompted me to stop and think about this question. Steve Jobs made a huge difference. His inventions changed the way we live our lives. He revolutionized the computer industry and the music industry with Apple and the iPod. He created one of the most successful businesses of our time.

I’m not a die-hard Steve Jobs fan.

Or at least I wasn’t until yesterday. I admit I didn’t know that much about him before then. Upon news of his death I began seeing lots of Steve Jobs quotes and videos on social media and now I’m wishing I would have paid more attention when he was alive.

Smart words and a Point of View.

Words that take a stand. Words that separate. Words that make you stop and think. Words that could change the way you choose to live your life. That’s what he shared.

But alas, I was not an ardent Steve Jobs or Apple follower. Yes, I own an iPod. I finally switched from PC to Mac a year ago. I do love Apple products. They’re smart, too. They’re intuitive. And yes, they make my life easier and better.

But I, like many others I’m sure, have always taken them for granted.

They’re just products after all. I never really gave much thought to the genius behind them, I just enjoyed the byproducts of that genius. Now that I contemplate that the mind that birthed them is gone, I wonder if we’ll still benefit from that genius.

Steve Jobs made a difference in the 56 short years he was here. He was passionate about his work. He followed his heart. He was an innovative creator and business man.

He was not a follower. He was a leader.

He was focused on creating products that impacted millions of people. That’s why he was successful. That’s why his company that started in a garage grew to be worth $351 million dollars.

He knew what he stood for.  My question for you is, do you?

What difference are you making?

Are you taking a stand?

Are you willing to be a leader?

Or, are you playing it safe and being a follower?

There’s nothing wrong with following if that’s what you want.

Just make sure you’re making a conscious choice. If you have dreams of being successful, being rich, or making a difference, you won’t get there as a follower. You won’t get there playing it safe. You won’t get there trying to please everyone.

You have to uncover what you stand for.

What is your message? What is your legacy? Are you willing to live your truth and speak your mind? Even in the face of criticism?

We all have the opportunity to make a difference.

Whether that difference is great or small is up to us. Maybe you choose to just make a difference in the lives of your children. Awesome. Who knows what ripple effect that may have?

Perhaps you choose to create a business that changes people’s lives. Go for it, really go for it.

Maybe you choose to volunteer or speak out about a cause that’s important to you. Great, the world needs more people willing to do so.

Or, perhaps you choose to share your thoughts or experiences by writing articles, a book, or speaking publicly. Don’t be shy. Your voice needs to be heard.

Big or small, don’t we all owe it to ourselves and our world to do our part to make an impact?

To make the most of the time we have here on this earth. To serve others. And to leave this planet better off than we found it.

At least in our own little way?

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please post a comment and share.

If you haven’t seen Steve Job’s 2005 Stanford Commencement Address, I highly encourage you to watch it here.

About Debbie

After spending 32 years in marketing, Debbie now spends her time blogging, teaching online courses, doing volunteer pet therapy, and encouraging others to follow a more inspired path through life.

3 comments on “Tribute to Steve Jobs: How Are You Making a Difference?

  1. Perfect Debbie. I am an Apple fan and I have always thought Steve Jobs was an amazing, once in a lifetime, kind of person. And making conscious choices is something we can all strive for, to make a difference, big or small, it all adds up.

  2. It’s like you are talking to me, Debbie!! If we would all get back to the simple ideas that make the biggest impact. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I, too, didn’t know much about Steve Jobs until his death, and have been similarly amazed by his words. The commencement speech moved me so much that I printed off copies for each of my three sons.

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