Losing a hero is tough…

Today, I am still reeling from the news of Steve Jobs’ death.

Losing a hero is tough and Steve has been a hero of mine for many years – from my time as a software geek to my life now, writing and running my own business.

Yesterday when I should have been writing my new book, I was grieving for a man I had never met and spent far too many hours reading about him (on my Mac and iPad).

I’m passionate about Apple’s products because, as Steve said, Apple had taste: they got the details right that their competitors didn’t even seem to care about.

As an entrepreneur Steve Jobs was one of the few people to have created more than one billion dollar company. And he was eloquent about his own personal philosophy of life and work – as demonstrated by his wonderful Standford commencement addess. Steve was certainly a man getting paid to do what he loved.

So many are touched by Steve Jobs’ death not just for these reasons but because he inspired us: he broke the rules, and surprised us again and again with new and better ideas. And he inspired us to come up with our own new and better ideas.

How can we respond to such a lofty role-model? How can we take something positive from the cruelty of his early death?

I believe it is simply to do our own thing. To create something special of our own, even if it seems far more modest than what our heroes have created.

Today we’re on the 7th day of the 30 Day Challenge and 200 people are doing exactly that: investing in a small project they care about for the duration of one month. Blogs, books, businesses and products are being created one step at a time and it’s a wonderful thing to witness – a vibrant community of people following their heart.

As Steve reminded us,

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma… Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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