My life has been better because of Steve Jobs, in so many ways, that I am not surprised that his loss has prompted much reflection. I am reflecting back on my life and counting the ways his creative products helped me learn, grow and live. I am watching in awe how the world is reacting.
This is a moment I knew would come eventually, but I did not see -- or did want to see -- how much this would move myself, and the world.
In much the same way as when we realized "of course!" when he presented the next "big thing" in the form of a shiny new life changing mix of design, engineering and science, I realize now only after he has passed how insanely large his influence has been in historical terms.
I suspect it is difficult or impossible for any person to be able to step back and see themselves and their accomplishments and accurately understand how large an impact they really have made. But if there is anyone who could do that, It would be Steve Jobs.