Are there Apple’s In Heaven?

6 Oct

Steve Jobs
(1955-2011)

Another American Hero died today.

Okay, so he didn’t storm a war-ravaged hill to save his comrades in a hail of gunfire.

Perhaps he didn’t drag anyone from a burning building…

And maybe he didn’t throw himself into icy water to save a drowning victim…

But… Steve Jobs was a different kind of American Hero.  He was a real entrepreneur in an age of wanna-be’s, frauds and charlatans.

This is a guy who did it his way… and we all benefited.

And, he did it in style – without government subsidies, sweetheart deals, bailouts, or shady political gyrations.

Steve Jobs and Apple Computers transformed our lives, redefined entire industries and achieved one of the greatest  feats in human history: he almost single-handedly changed the way each of us perceives the world.

The Apple guys and gals literally changed the world – and Steve Jobs was the driving force… the Captain of Apple’s ship.

It’s said that one day Steve became so upset by his employees’ lack of creativity that he grabbed an office chair and started pounding it against the wall. Steve used so much force that he literally smashed a hole in the wall  big enough to see into the next room.

“See? Do you GET IT now? Remove the barriers! NO Limits!”

He dramatically made his point: there’s more beyond the four walls of a room and the “walls” of our minds.

Steve didn’t just bring personal computers into people’s homes, he expanded their imagination by giving them the tools to unleash their true potential. He literally leveled the playing field by making a small handful of guys and gals as powerful as some multi-national corporations.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s about the people you have, how you’re led, and how much you get it.” – Steve Jobs

It was “all about the tools” and Steve understood them at a level that makes most engineers and industry players pale in comparison.

Steve gave birth to one of the most successful companies in the world… in his GARAGE. 

And then, from that garage, he  pushed the boundaries of technology to exemplify the very spirit of American ingenuity and know-how.

He DEFINED GUIs (graphical Interfaces) as we know them today. Virtually everything else is MODELED after his work .

The iPod made it possible to reduce  piles and piles of Music CDs into a device smaller that a money clip.

The iPad tablet is bringing true portability and access to a world that’s become accustomed to “laptop shoulder” ailments.

And… he drove Bill Gates and the minions at Microsoft crazy, as they sought to chase after Apple and conquer the computer world using MS-DOS as a rusty blade.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because 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

Steve is gone now… but he won’t be forgotten. He represents what is the very best about America.

I have this paper cube on my desk. It’s something I draw inspiration from, despite the fact that a PC lives on the same property…

Click this, save it and print it out. Then, fold away! Credit goes to Jay Hauf!

Rest In Peace, Steve!

You’re going to be missed. 

Image Credit: Digitalization Magazine

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2 Responses to “Are there Apple’s In Heaven?”

  1. Jeremy Schaller October 6, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    After reading a plethora of commemorations on the late, great Steve Jobs, I felt that your honest tribute rang with considerably more resonance than any I’ve come across thus far.
    Well said sir.

    • Renaissance Ronin October 6, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      Jeremy,

      It’s easy to say great things about a great man.

      It’s harder to try and emulate him and do him justice. He set the benchmark pretty high…

      May he rest in peace…

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