Yesterday the Walt Disney Company lost it’s largest shareholder, Steve Jobs.
And the world lost our generation’s Walt Disney.
This news hit us in two ways in our house. We’ve been disney fans forever and also an apple family. We loved all the great Pixar movies that came out during Steve’s tenure there and we’ve always had Macs in our house. This site is built on a Mac, we’ve got iPads and iPods galore, and soon an iPhone too (with the announcement Tuesday that iPhones are coming to Sprint).
The first thing that I thought of today after I heard the news was the drawing published after Walt’s death of the world as Mickey crying. I thought there should be something similar. Perhaps Woody and the other Toy Story characters crying. I searched but didn’t find anything like it today.
See Apple’s Steve Jobs tribute page, and the next time you ride Spaceship Earth at Epcot, when you pass through the garage scene depicting the birth of the Mac, reflect on the many wonders Steve gave us during his short time here.
There was lots of coverage on the news and web of his passing and life and many quotes of his. The one that struck me the most was from his 2005 Stanford University’s commencement speech. It makes me want to live each day to the fullest, strive for my fullest potential.
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life,” he said. “Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”