I couldn’t believe it. I was truly stunned when the news broke in with….“Steve Jobs…dead at 56″ I had no words. Steve has made such a large impact on how I look at my life, my career goals, and the true meaning of quality and innovation.
The word genius is thrown around far too much these days, but if there was anyone that truly deserved that moniker it was Steve Jobs. Look, everyone knows I’m an Apple fanboy, I have never tried hiding that. But the main reason is because they have vision, and they just get it. Or more to the point, Steve had vision, and he got it. I think the world lost a true visionary, andI will go as far as say he was our generation’s Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes or Henry Ford. People like this don’t come along very often, and when they leave, they leave a large hole. Steve is going to leave a very large hole at not just Apple, but the tech world in general. I do worry about an Apple without Steve, but hopefully he has made an such a mark on Apple that they can go on without him.
There were some that called him Arrogant, prickly, pushy, and hard to work with. I like to think of him as driven, unrelenting, and one that inspires greatness, not just in himself, but in others around him. The world is a better place because of him for many reasons. Even if you never owned or used any products he created, you have been touched by those inspired by him.