Having led a lucky life so far, I’m loathe to say that great people are created by much aside from their circumstances. But once you have that luck, once you’re in the right place at the right time, that’s when you get to decide whether to take on the responsibility of the moment and, if you do, what to do with it.
Steve Jobs took on that responsibility of the moment with a vision and dedication that I don’t even understand. With the power that chance had bestowed upon him, he created. He created beautiful things. He created a powerful business. He created new economies.
I am in the not-at-all-unique position of having a job that would be impossible without Steve Jobs. Whether it’s that copy of iMovie HD that came with my first Mac, or the no-hassle music distribution and sales platform that first showed me people would buy my music.
And while we started out talking about the luck that made Steve’s impact possible, I’m fighting not to curse those rolling dice for taking him from us so soon. I am angry, I am crushed, and I am thankful.
Steve Jobs made my life better. He made wonderful things.