The death of Steve Jobs... such a big and unusual loss. Jobs wasn't involved in geopolitics, wasn't a Nobel Prize Winner or rock star, and yet he was a global figure, probably the biggest global figure other than Obama, the Pope and a couple celebrities. As a number of writers have pointed out since he stepped down last month, he never got involved with outside causes, never promised to donate his money to help the world like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. But his business was borne out of his vision for a better world, and had an enormous impact on many different aspects of our world, from the way we buy music to the way we imagine technology in our everyday lives, even the degree to which we do imagine.
That's I think what I want to take away from Jobs -- that we should dream big. Rather than just living in the world like rats in a maze, we should imagine how the world might be if it could be any way we want, imagine how we'd like to see it, and chase after that, make that our lives' work. No matter whether in the realm of tech or politics or religion or family, we are not just passive recipients of others' genius. We each have the opportunity to be explorers and inventors ourselves.
"We don't get a chance to do many things, and every one should be really excellent. Because this is our life."