The world owes thanks to Steve Jobs:
- A geek
- A nerd
- Given up for adoption
- Pushed out of a company he founded
- Corporate battles
- Corporate failings (In 1997 Microsoft had to make an investment in Apple to keep it viable…)
Then a stunning string of successes that changed the way we compute (again), listen to music and communicate put Apple into the hearts, minds and hands of millions.
Those that did not hold Apple wanted to.
Its market valuation sky-rocketed.
Perhaps….but also value and a way of doing that meant the rest of us did not have to be nerds and geeks to use technology. For that we should all say thank you!!!
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.” Steve Jobs
In closing a story and then a link so that you can hear it in Steve’s own words (and he was not the easiest guy to be with, work with or work for…never mind about competing against).
Years ago….late 1980’s…..I visited a friend’s office and asked why they were using Mac’s. He explained that he could have a new employee working and productive the SAME day as opposed to having to train them for a week (or more) to use DOS. That was worth the small premium. They had also established a computer network and were happily and securing emailing away while others talked about. Those changes were significant and foreshadowed what was to come in the mid 90’s with the internet.
“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. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”Steve Jobs
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path.” Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Address, 2005