Apple Founder Steven Jobs died today at the age of 56, and it is the end to an absolutely remarkable life! I don't think its hyperbole to say that Jobs will be ranked with Thomas Edison as one of history's greatest inventors.
I have friends of mine who roll their eyes when I say I have limited computer skills.
It is true! I am very curious about the tools that help me accomplish what I like to do, and I learn fairly quickly, so I've mastered some things, but that knowledge is more limited than some might think.
I say that to say that even someone as limited as I, knows the impact that Steven Jobs has made on the world. He has remained on the cutting edge of technology, in ways that have dwarfed his competitors. I remember most recently, when he unveiled the iPod that held 1000 songs. Most critics asked, 'Do we really need one of those?!' I heard that Jobs has said, 'It's not the consumers job to know what they want.'
An incredible statement. Arrogant, even, if it had been someone who had given us iPods, iPhones, iPads and Mac Air (or is it Air Mac?) computers, when we weren't aware that these were important (some might say indispensable).
My favorite Stephen Jobs quote? In his sales pitch to get Pepsico executive John Sculley to come work for his fledgling Apple Computer company: 'Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or come with me and change the world?' Sculley was with Apple the next 10 years!
I love that kind of spirit. I love that I've had the opportunity to work with people who have had that same type of uber entrepreneurial perspective. So many people make their banal points, criticize and can tell you what should be done after they've already talked themselves out of it.
I just like world changers! It's sad when they step off center stage, but while they're there they agitate and benefit all of us.