There are a few days in history when you will never forget where you were. For all of those people out there with an IPAD, IPHONE, or any other Apple product, today is one of those days. It is even more so for those who looked at and to Steve Jobs as not only a pioneer in the field of technology but in the field of capitalism. He took what he knew, with his partner Steve Wozniak, and in the basement of his parents home he started what would become one of the largest companies that this world has ever seen. Those of us that look at entrepreneurs as a step above the rest, Steve Jobs solidified what it took to become the best at what he did.
Having been fired from Apple, Steve Jobs could have went down the road of feeling sorry for himself. He did just the opposite, and went out to start a new computer company and also take over the very popular company Pixar, for a time. When his time came to come back to Apple, he brought the genius that we all knew back with him to create the products many of us have to this day. The mind was something out of a fiction novel, but what he taught us was much more than that. If his life taught us anything, it should teach us that no matter what we do with out lives, as long as we find what we do well and never give up, we will always find success.
When I was just a young kid in the fifth grade, it was time to get my first computer. My father and I went out to the store and sitting there was, at the time, the best Apple computer on the market. At this time, Apple’s were the rage with all age groups and all people from all walks of life, as they are still today. When we took that computer home and we stepped into the technological age, I realized what had happened. Although those computers compared to today’s computers are little more than some plastic and a hard drive, but they made a path into what you are using today and what you will use in the future.
Steve Jobs made a whole generation believe that we can take a computer, make it better, faster, and more productive and at the end of the day the people will want more. When I tore apart my first computer when I was in high school and rebuilt it, it turned out a mess. For a few years I messed with parts trying to build a machine that could rival anything my friends could buy in a store. Steve Jobs made a generation of young people like myself believe, imagine, and work hard for that next big thing. Although some of us will go on to big things and others will not, we learned that hard work with a bunch of parts otherwise useless to the rest of humanity could be made into something that could transform humanity.
While there are many who took the ride with Steve Jobs, many who competed with him and many who, frankly, never believed in him, he was the one man who always stood out to me. We all know Bill Gates and others in the technology field, but Steve Jobs brought us something more than just an operating system or a monitor, he brought us the technology that we will be using for the rest of our lives. Those who come in the footsteps of Jobs have big shoes that can never be filled, but when he created this company he also created a whole new generation of people who would ask what they could do to make technology more efficient, better looking, and easier to use for the everyday consumer. He passes on the story of a man that shows that with hard work anything is possible. No one gave this man anything, but he fought on to be remembered as one of the greatest technological minds and dreamers that this world has ever seen.
Next time you pick up that IPHONE or you are jamming on your IPOD, remember that the man who brought the ideas to the table for objects like this was not only a free thinker but a visionary beyond his years. Because of the competition he created, we have seen technology transform our lives like only envisioned in novels from yesterday. He inspired me to do what I do, and he has inspired many others as well to keep that mind working and to come up with the next best idea that will transform technology and the world forever.
“You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it’s humorous, all the attention to it, because it’s hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that’s happened to me.”- Steve Jobs 1955-2011 Giving the next generation reason to make something of themselves and give something back in the process.