Many better words will be written about Steve Jobs, so I will not write directly about him, but just what I will personally take from his legacy.
He never accepted short cuts or second rate products. He expected high performance because that is what he delivered himself. He was demanding on the companies he worked for because he wanted what he did to mean something after he died.

Many of us start out our work lives with that attitude, but it begins to waver and bend when experience starts to weigh you down. It happens because that is the easy way. It is more frightening to push yourself and your abilities because you realise exactly how much you can achieve. It is much easier to not revise for an exam and convince yourself you could have excelled, than to work as hard as you can and realise where your limits are.

However, I love the exhilaration of knowing I’ve done everything I can whether that is my work, in the gym or even a 5-a-side league.

When I die, whether it is tomorrow, at 56 like Steve Jobs, or long into old age, I want to know that I tried as much as I could, and aimed for perfection.

It doesn’t matter about scale, about whether you’re a teacher, a rock star or the CEO of the world’s most valuable company. It’s about how you want to see yourself.

What I take from Steve Jobs is that you should never expect second best from yourself, your company or those around you. On that note, I’ll leave you with a quote:

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been No for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something…almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose”