This week the world lost one of the great innovators of our era. Steve Jobs was a visionary who changed the way we live and whose life will be ranked with other greats such as Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. My Facebook page filled with tributes to this great icon and amongst the many posts, I read the above quote. I used it yesterday for our daily Twitter quote. That quote continues to be on my mind and I can’t stop thinking about what it really means, in particular, to me.
That quote sets a standard for me as I embark to show people the beauty of conflict resolution through the use of mediation. Many people don’t understand the process of mediation. They confuse it with arbitration and litigation. Then there’s always the laugh that goes with those who think I am touting meditation. I have come to realize that most people don’t even know that this is what they want. They want an easier way to solve a conflict. They want a more economical way to satisfy a dispute. So the challenge is clear, I have a duty and a responsibility to show people a better way to resolve conflict. A better way to divorce. A better way to solve the confusion around elder care. A way to handle disagreements without spending all their hard earned assets.
Steve Jobs has set an incredible standard for the leadership and innovation that can lead to a better world. It is my hope, that by following his example I can share just a tiny fraction of impact for those I come in contact with.
Steve, we will miss you.