A few weeks ago, like everyone else, I woke up to the sad news that Steve Jobs had passed away. Jobs was a truly remarkable and inspirational person – in the words of Apple he had been “the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives” and had made the world “immeasurably better”.

Whatever way you look at it Steve Jobs changed the world.

It’s not often someone like Jobs comes along; someone that has the drive, passion, enthusiasm and ambition to follow their heart and make a difference to the world. Whilst he was unique, we all have the ability to change the world like he did.

It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.

We won’t all have a worldwide impact like Jobs did, we can’t all change the world on the same scale as he did, but we all have the ability to change the world around us.

You don’t have to come up with the next big invention, revolutionise an industry or be a well known figure to change the world and the lives of those around you. If you’re a blogger one of your blog posts could inspire someone to change their life or do something differently. If you’re a fitness instructor you could help someone become healthier. Even just sharing a laugh with someone can make a difference.

In this ‘Web 2.0’ world and the ‘age of social media’, it’s easy to get carried away with how many Facebook ‘likes’ we have or how many Twitter followers we have. At the end of the day those figures are irrelevant. It’s how we help others and add value to their lives that’s important.

Everyone has the ability to make a difference, that in itself is an amazing thing.

How will you change the world?

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

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  • http://twitter.com/iamluca Luca Massaro

    Lovely short post Ash.

    I wrote a tribute post on the day he past as like you and the millions of others around the world, had been affected by the way in which Job went about his missions to achieve.

    The notables from this post are relating to social media and particularly how easy it is to get carried away by meaningless figures. 

    “It’s how we help others and add value to their lives that’s important.”

    That’s the line i’ll be promoting from this. Cheers