Today the most iconic leader of our time passed away. He challenged everything, always striving for new and innovative ways to change the world. He believed strongly that he could change the world with technology. I feel confidently that he did.
His actions and determination have inspired myself and many others to succeed - to reach for the goals that you have no chance at making. The man was never afraid to fail, and he was never afraid to tell you when he'd succeeded. His company is a direct reflection of himself and his values.
It would be unjust if we weren't reminded of his true vision for Apple:
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.
A truly inspiring theme, yet a direct reflection of the man's aspirations for Apple. He was never afraid to be different. He was straightforward, blunt, disrespectful, and sometimes just plain rude; but he knew what he was doing. He was a forward thinker, a leader, and an inspiration to us all.
Seth Vargo is an engineer at Google. Previously he worked at HashiCorp, Chef Software, CustomInk, and some Pittsburgh-based startups. He is the author of Learning Chef and is passionate about reducing inequality in technology. When he is not writing, working on open source, teaching, or speaking at conferences, Seth advises non-profits.