At the age of 20, I don’t remember a world without Steve Jobs.

Via Erin Schrode
on Oct 5, 2011
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Me & Mr. Jobs.

It’s so surreal.

At age 20, I don’t remember a world without Steve Jobs.

He did not merely change my world, he defined everything with which I was raised.

I learned to type on a big ol’ glorious chunky Apple computer in kindergarten – and I was hooked.

Steve Jobs made smart products for real people, bringing useful and relevant technology into our lives in a way that betters humanity and the planet. One of the greatest innovators of all time, Jobs connected dots (one of my favorite concepts) around the globe, bringing us together one by one, making the world smaller, tighter knit, more intelligent, efficient, and communicative.

He had ideas – and brought them to life because of his optimism and love of both life and work. Steve Jobs changed the way we live, interact, learn, and see ourselves and the world around us. How do I share, transmit, and receive in my own life? Via my MacBook, my iPad, my iTouch, iWeb (yes, I still use it!) as I listen to iTunes, read iBooks, make iMovies, upload to iPhoto, and update my iCal.

This is who I am. And one man changed my life. And he changed your life too, I am certain. With passion, drive, and imagination, one individual really can revolutionize the world. Thank you, Steve Jobs, for inspiring me.

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

And I too feel as if I am one of those crazy few. We will follow in the footsteps of this genius, an extraordinary visionary, endeavoring to create more good in our world.


About Erin Schrode

Erin Schrode is a young ecoRenaissance woman. As the “face of the new green generation,” the co-founder and spokeswoman of Teens Turning Green promotes global sustainability, youth leadership, environmental education, and conscious lifestyle choices. After working in disaster response in Haiti, she founded and launched The Schoolbag, a youth education project to provide tools and materials for students in need, as well as initiate active citizenry and environmental stewardship. Erin shares her knowledge as an eco expert on television and the radio, in books, newspapers, magazines, websites, podcasts, and her own ecoRenaissance blog and twitter feed. She speaks frequently, serves on panels, and hosts events, shows, conferences, summits, and videos to raise public awareness about environmental and social responsibility for individuals, schools, and communities. Erin is in her second year as a DEANS Scholar at New York University—currently studying abroad in the Middle East, after a term in West Africa—majoring in Cross-Cultural Diplomacy and Communications.


3 Responses to “At the age of 20, I don’t remember a world without Steve Jobs.”

  1. I am 36 and I still remember my first family computer, the Apple IIE, like it was yesterday! Brilliant, brave and bold, visionary man who truly changed the world. We should only aspire to be as bold as he!

  2. ibika says:

    ok.. for goodness sake.. was he mother teresa or something?..
    this is a little crazy.. he was the CEO of a technology company that created products for rich people.. he made millions for himself an his corporate allies.

  3. Jeff says:

    Wow ibika, way to show your hater side. You obviously have never touched a Mac in your life. Guess what crackhead….love him or hate him (which you obviously do…) Steve Jobs has TOTALLY Changed the computing/cellphone/tablet market. His influence is felt WAY past Apple. Don't be such a f*cking asshole….