Steven Paul Jobs would have been 59 today. Future generations remember us by the legacy we leave behind. Jobs’ legacy was set in stone in 1984. He could have stopped there, but he didn’t. In 2001, he released the iPod. In the following years, he could have stopped as well. It may be easy to forgot now, but everybody wanted an iPod. It was hip and cool and the white headphones will forever be immortalized in pop culture. But, he didn’t stop with the iPod. He made the iPhone. The remarkable thing is this new legacy killed his prior legacy. Who in this day and age wants an iPod? Screw music, we want iPhones. We want to talk, to share, to be heard.
Most people will stop with one legacy. They’ll do everything to protect it. To make sure it stays relevant for years to come. Not Steve. Fuck the past, the known, the legacy. It doesn’t matter anymore. What matters is what else he could do to be different. There’s a lesson about how to live your life in this story.
59. That’s not too old.