RIP Steve Jobs: Hear his Message on Change

Some days start happy. Some days start sad. Today is the latter, as Apple announced the death of the sensational force for change that was Steve Jobs.

Jobs was born to a couple who put him up for adoption early in life. He worked summer jobs at computer companies to get experience, and built the first Apple computer in a garage. His company is now the second biggest company in the world and en route to being the biggest.

In the few years I have used his products, Steve Jobs has been one of my greatest inspirations. Behind the machines and beyond the brand, his energy and outlook was an incredible boost, 100% supported by the reality of his achievements. I have the second paragraph of this excerpt from his 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech on the wall in my office.

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

Steve died with an estimated worth of $8 billion, proving that, in the great scheme of things, being rich is meaningless. Look at any of the thousands of tributes being paid to Steve today from everyone (I mean everyone). It is the change he brought to the world that is most valued: change earned this computer geek a place in peoples’ hearts.

What change will you bring with your life? Here’s a great place to start. GIVE TO RACE4CHANGE. Every cent you send goes to those who can and will make positive changes with it. Enough of those small changes will certainly change the world.

Joining with us is an easy way you can make a change today. Your gift could be empowering the next Steve Jobs: another young soul to discover what is passion and chase it to the max, right until the day they stop breathing. That is an incredibly connected way to live life.

RIP Steve: missing you already.

About John Glynn

John Glynn is the owner of Ferdinand Porsche Magazine and resident Race4Change media expert & blogger. John owns five classic Porsche cars and knows the Porsche scene inside out. Check out his articles on the Ferdinand Porsche Blog at
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