Bert JW Regeer (畢傑龍)

Steve Jobs - 1955 - 2011

Yesterday the world lost a great visionary and leader. Whether you hated the guy or are an admirer you can't deny the fact that Steve Jobs had a great amount of influence in shaping the world of technology as it exists today.

He was always a step ahead of everyone else, knew what people wanted before they wanted it and was able to give it to them in beautiful product that people fell in love with; and still do fall in love with.

You may disagree with his business practices, you may dislike him, but he lived the American dream. He started from nothing in a garage and ended up as the CEO of one of the biggest and richest corporations of our time. We may not be able to follow in his footsteps, we are at least able to gain wisdom and knowledge from his experiences and missteps so that we too may one day be as great of a man as he was.

He did what he loved, he ran Apple until his last breath. I hope that one day I may be so lucky as to say that I too did what I loved until the day I died. May we all be so lucky as to die doing what we love surrounded by loved ones and friends.

At the end of Stanfords Commencement address in 2005, Steve Jobs quoted a magazine he used to read called the "Whole Earth Catalog", and they said on the back of their last issue "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish".

It is one of the quotes that has stuck with me from that address, it is something that I truly believe in. It is something I attempt to follow every day. Every person interprets it differently, and that is the beauty of it. I find it apt then to end this article by thanking Steve Jobs for bringing my attention to these four words and how they have changed me.

Thanks for everything Steve. You made a huge dent in the universe, I can only hope to scratch the surface compared to what you accomplished. May you rest in peace.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.