As you are most likely already aware by the vast press coverage, yesterday, Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple, passed away at the age of 56. As one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Jobs proved that creativity coupled with the sting of failure paves the way for progress and revolutionary change. Jobs dreamed of making a tangible, material impact on the world in which we live. He completely revolutionized the way we as consumers, web designers, IT professionals, and network engineers view computers, music, media, and many other areas of daily life. His innovations impacted so many industries. Jobs pursued his goals and dreams with an astounding sense of urgency and a total lack of regard for failure. He did not allow fear of falling short to bind him to the way things were. He always questioned the norm and sought better ways, better tools, smaller devices, faster function, etc. Jobs inspires me to continue to take risks and to use every day to its full. I am grateful for all that he has done to impact the design industry and consumer markets. His innovations make my
daily life — our work at RT Design Group — run smoothly and efficiently. As business leaders and innovators, we must continue to question our norms and seek growth through risk taking. Sometimes we take calculated risks and correctly anticipate success. Yet we need not fear taking great risks in search of new ideals and outlandish possibilities. Steve Jobs spoke these inspiring words encouraging pursuit of ideas, even in the face of possible, even probable, failure, “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.” Dream big, and don’t be afraid of failure. It is how we change the world.