In 2005, Steve Jobs gave the commencement address (Youtube Video) to the graduating students at Stanford in which he reflected on his life, career and mortality.
…Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. 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.
More visually inspired statements at wired.com
Mr. Obama’s statement (excerpt):
… Steve was among the greatest of American innovators – brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
…By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.
If you would try to build a new company out of your garage today your neighbours would call the police because of your suspicious behaviour. Especially when working at night at your home.
America, the US to be precise, needs more visionary thinking, more men who dare to invest their effort and dedicate their life to the future.
Somebody who walks faster, thinks smarter and acts more intelligent is not a threat. He or she should be treated with respect and be supported. And not be considered a threat to the mass of average thinking and living humans.
America has lost one of his very few inventors and a man who dared to think out of the ordinary. Who had visions about the future and made them into reality for all mankind. If they want(ed).