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Posted: November 02, 2011

When icons go to heaven

A tribute to a man with a soul on fire

Steve Sorensen

Steve Jobs was one man who made a difference and left the world better than he found it. Now's a great time to ask the question - am I making a difference within my own life right now? If not now, when?

He lived his life, his way and created a better world from his imagination. And for all the accolades bestowed and the wonderful things said and accomplished it's the man's courage that I revere. Not only in his fight to beat an unbeatable advisory, but to stand solid within his conviction, to be the catalyst for humankind to look at things differently, by having the courage to be different.

Some thoughts:

1. One person really can make a difference. (Be the change you wish to see in the world, Gandhi) How's your life plan, are you making a difference. Is it time to become the person you know that hiding in there...somewhere.

2. Rest assured mistakes will come, but the difference is what we give of ourselves after. (The biggest mistake you could ever make is being to afraid to make one.)

3. Persistence can be a dark path unless you have the light of your dream to guide. (When you want something you've never had you have to do something you've never done.)

4. What's normal? Accepting someone's definition of normal is a tie that binds. (You were born an original, don't die a copy) (You never leave where you are until you decide where you'd rather be.) (Take time out to do something ridiculous.) The road less traveled made all the difference, Frost.

5. Are you curious? Innovation comes from replacing the fear of the unknown with curiosity. The greatest minds today and throughout history are driven by curiosity. Curiosity is the soul's fire. If you're down to an ember, strive to rekindle. Begin by laughing about how ridiculous life can be and the homage we pay to things that are worthless.

Lastly, nothing could be more fitting or eloquent a tribute to Steve Jobs than the eulogy Edward Kennedy gave upon the death of his brother Robert.

"The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of new ideas and bold projects. Rather it will belong to those who can blend vision, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals and great enterprises of American Society.

"Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle that will determine our destiny. There is a pride in that, even arrogance, but there is also experience and truth. In any event, it is the only way we can live.

"That is the way he lived. That is what he leaves us."
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Steve Sorensen has spent more than 30 years helping companies achieve a competitive advantage by improving their sales strategy. Steve's experience includes Vice-President of a Fortune 500 company, Manager of Corporate Accounts for a Fortune 500 company and Western States/Western Canada Regional Sales Manager. As president of Enlighten-360, LLC, Steve uses his wealth of experience to help companies achieve increased revenue and velocity of growth through improved sales strategies. He can be reached at 720.343.0033 or


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Readers Respond

Great kernels of truth in there, Steve. I believe people impact the world in a variety of ways. Some are called to philanthropy, others live life large to become an inspiration for others, and yet there remain those special few who alter our view of what's possible. Very few people can be viewed as true saints, but we all can aspire to the one aspect in an individual that leads us toward a place we've never ventured and ideas that we've never pondered. By Marcia Noyes on 2011 11 04
Are you sure Jobs is the role model we should aspire to? It's true that we have a lot of cool gadgets, but is that enough to make him a Saint? Is life really 'better' because of I Tunes? - Google "Steve Jobs Philanthropy" for instance. - And his heroic battle against what, his ADVERSARY cancer? It's the same heroic struggle that millions of humans fight, and with a lot fewer resources. Also: The last line of advice #5 could easily mean the I-Pad. - Also2: About 'the biggest mistake...' advice; does that apply to open-heart surgeons? Mountain climbers? Pilots? Who exactly are you advising that making a mistake is less bad than not attempting something risky? By David E on 2011 11 02
Steve --- That is a very inspirational article. In today's "greed is good" and materialistic society, your reminder to leave the world a better place than you found it, and your call to originality and making a difference, are sorely needed. By John Heckers, MA, CPC, BCPC on 2011 11 02

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