Tonight we learned that Steve Jobs passed away. I’ll admit it. I’m not an Apple freak. I have many friends who are. I do have multiple Apple products and I really like them, but I am not one who has to have the newest Apple product the minute it comes out. However, you can’t deny the amazing impact that Steve had on technology and how we have access to things we never knew we needed. He was truly a visionary and an amazing creator. His ideas and innovations changed our world.
Reflecting on all of the news coverage, and stopping to realize how he has truly impacted all of us, even if we have competitors’ products, is pretty amazing.
He was a dreamer.
He was a leader.
He created things that there was no immediate need for, and somehow created a need for them.
He was able to push forward when people told him his ideas would never work.
He wanted to change the world. And he did.
I can’t help but wonder how many people told him he would never invent the things he dreamed about. That he would never be able to make things better. That it just couldn’t be done. I’m sure there were many. But he didn’t listen. He believed in his dreams. He knew that they were wrong.
How many of us have dreams of making the world a better place?
How many of us want to make a difference?
How many of us are actually taking steps to make it happen?
Or are we letting the craziness of life get in our way?
Are we listening to the many critics who say our dreams can never happen because they are too afraid to believe in their own dream?
Are we listening to the own voices in our head that tell us we can’t?
The truth is that we can always take one step forward. We CAN make an impact. We can start in our family. Then our neighborhood, and our workplace, and our community. And on and on and on.
Don’t stop pressing toward your dream. Take that next step. Don’t let life pass you by. Do it today. Because none of us know if we will see tomorrow. And if we’re crazy enough to believe it, we can change the world.