I have written about many lessons we should learn from Steve Jobs and how he ran Apple, but the single most important lesson I learned from him is this: be genuine.
It is an incredibly simple phrase, but it is also incredibly meaningful. What I learned from Steve is I should follow my heart and do what’s meaningful to me, and when I choose to do something, I should put everything I have into it. There is no use doing something that doesn’t mean anything to me. This is the only life I have, and I want to make every second of it valuable.
I am so grateful for that lesson, and for living while he worked. He is the reason I studied business. He showed that business can be used to accomplish wonderful things for people, and can genuinely make people’s lives better. That’s what I want to do.
Beyond the products he helped build, I think Steve’s greatest legacy are the people who were influenced and inspired by him.
Let’s honor his work and his life by accomplishing our own triumphs. Let’s build incredible things, write fantastic stories, make beautiful music, dream a little bigger. Let’s create. Let’s put a dent in the universe.