In the coming years, Steve Jobs’s life and work will be even more scrutinized, even more imitated than they are now. But to simply ask “what would Steve do?” would be to miss the point. It would be accepting the very dogma he warned us against, living with the results of his thinking, not our own. To be true to Steve, we must listen to the music playing within each of us, and tune our actions accordingly. To honor his life, we must honor our own, taking inspiration not merely from his actions and beliefs, but their integrity.
I’m looking forward to seeing the new cube, Steve. I’ll stand in the entrance and point at the seams in the glass and smile. I’ll descend the spiral staircase, those springy glass steps at my feet, and try to remember your resonance.
And I’ll listen to the music inside me and work as hard as I’ve ever worked, so that I can find my own.
News is never a 9 to 5 job.
Wednesday evening, with the news that Apple visionary Steve Jobs had passed away from pancreatic cancer, TIME managing editor Rick Stengel (center) decided to stop the presses on the issue the staff had just finished earlier that afternoon. Staff members poured back into the TIME offices for an emergency edit meeting, which left us just over three hours to produce a new issue, many of us working on the very Apple devices that Jobs himself.
Thursday, we’ll announce our latest issue featuring Jobs on the cover for the eighth time.