Steve Jobs’ legacy and a lesson

A few minutes ago — a few hours after news of Steve Jobs’s death became public — I tweeted the following:

Steve Jobs’ greatest legacy is not the products he created, but what they enabled and who they inspired.

Soon after that, I thought of a lesson for journalism: we shouldn’t focus so much on what we do as much as what we enable, who we impact and what comes from all that.

Speaking of Jobs’ legacy, watch his 2005 Stanford commencement speech:

Update: Not long after publishing this post, I noticed a hashtag and decided to re-send the original tweet with #stevejobslegacy appended. And — whaddya know it — it was added to the New York Times’ homepage widget:

New York Times homepage with Steve Jobs tweets

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