Posted by: Donna Z. Davis, Ph.D. | October 6, 2011

The loss of one of the most influential humans in history – Steve Jobs

Today will be one of those days.  Several years from now, I’m sure I’ll be having a conversation with someone who will say, “do you remember what you were doing when you heard Steve Jobs died?” I was working.  I was working on a Mac.  I went to open a new tab on Safari to find a document and instead of my usual Safari home page, there was Steve Jobs in black and white with the simple words on the screen, “Steve Jobs  1955-2011.”   As I soon learned, CNN hadn’t even run the story yet and the NYT had just started a breaking news banner.  I got my news from Apple themselves.  I picked up my iPhone and texted someone who then went to their MacBook to get the news.  Any words I may offer now cannot do justice to  Steve Jobs and the impact he had on the world.  There will no doubt be tomes written about him for years if not centuries to come.

As another friend calls, she puts it well as she laments, “He wasn’t here long enough. But in the time he had, he made it count.”  I am grateful to be living in this time.  I am grateful for the brilliance of Steve Jobs.  Rest in peace.


  1. I was in the middle of a phone conversation with a colleague when she interrupted with the sad news. We were speechless. It is the end of an era. I don’t believe his shoes will never be filled…

  2. #isad

  3. Steve Jobs was a total genius. What always struck me about him is he didn’t do market research to figure out what kind of product to create. Nobody would have told him in a focus group, “Hey I’d like a phone that I could just touch and move things around and have access to a whole bunch of mini-programs I download, have a built-in GPS, and completely change my life.” The consumer could not have imagined it. Jobs did. That is the quality of a visionary. They imagine what no one else can. The world is such a better place because of him, and his passing is a huge loss for the whole planet.

  4. I feel an odd sense of personal loss, even though he led such a private life and I really don’t know any details about him.

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