By now practically everyone is aware of the passing of Steve Jobs. During the 56 years of his life, he changed the way we lived and worked. Apple has been credited for creating the first personal computer. The Macintosh with its all-in-one design and graphical interface changed the way we interacted with technology. Later the iMac, Macbook, iPod, iPhone, and iPad came along. These products were well designed, and almost intuitive to our needs. Even if you aren’t a big fan of Apple, most other operating systems and interfaces mimicked those of Job’s company.
Mr. Jobs also changed the way we used entertainment. Pixar changed how we saw animation and iTunes changed how we purchased music. His passing only leaves us wondering what more could he have accomplished had he lived another 20 years. The legacy he has created will influence us for generations.
This leads me to ask what legacy are you creating? While many of us may never achieve the admiration that Jobs has, we all still have the potential for greatness in our world. We are here for a very short time and each person we come into contact with we have the power to influence in a positive way. When we understand our purpose and give it some direction, we can in our own way create a legacy to last the ages.
Do your little part to change the world. Be active in your community. Give your time and your resources to worthwhile causes you believe in. Actively work to solve life’s challenges. Be a good steward. Most important, work to be your best at everything you do. Making a difference involves showing up. So whether you are trying to become the next Jobs, or are just trying to make life better for one other person, you have the ability to leave your own legacy.
When will you start?