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The wave of chatter following the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs yesterday has been powerful–and insightful. The man who changed music, computers, and even the phones in our pockets leaves a legacy of innovation unparalleled in our time.

Some of the insights have been very personal, others surprising. Yet the overall tone has been one of sadness at the loss of one who led and innovated at a level few accomplish. As I personally reflect on the man behind my iPod and Macbook, the following thoughts come to mind:

1. Without Steve Jobs, I would still be buying CDs.

2. Without Steve Jobs, I would still be using Windows.

3. Without Steve Jobs, I would not have been challenged to consider new ideas in the same way.

While I never met Steve personally, his legacy has reached into my daily life and communications. Perhaps this is why his death has been so personal to so many–his impact touches nearly every American. If the rest of us could lead in a way that contributed to the lives of so many as he did, this world would be a much different (and better) place. May we strive to find our own ways to take risks, make change, and contribute to the world in a way reminiscent of the man behind Apple.

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DILLON BURROUGHS is an author, activist, and co-founder of Activist Faith. Dillon served in Haiti following the epic 2010 earthquake and has investigated modern slavery in the US and internationally. His books include Undefending ChristianityNot in My Town (with Charles J. Powell), and Thirst No More (November). Discover more at ActivistFaith.org.

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