By now you've heard of the death of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and the driving vision behind the personal computer you're using today, and the man who put the power of the internet into the hands of the average consumer with the introduction of the iMac.
Not to mention the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Pixar, and the best operating system and personal computers in the world.
He was fired from the company he founded and returned in 1998 to an organization on the brink of bankruptcy. As he said, "Apple is like a ship with a hole in the bottom, leaking water and my job is to get the ship pointed in the right direction."
As I write this, Apple's market cap today is over $350 billion.
Steve felt that Apple stood at the intersection of technology and liberal arts, and that was what drove their designs and product lines. "We make things that we like to use," he often said. "Part of what made the Macintosh great was the people who were working on it were musicians, poets, artists, historians, zoologists, who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world."
A lot of tributes are being paid online, in the press, on television and cable. People are going to individual Apple stores around the world and leaving personal messages and flowers.
All for an adopted kid who dropped out of college to pursue what he loved and not settle for the status quo.
So the next time you think that you alone can't make a difference in your home, work, neighborhood, or church—think again.
Or as Mr. Jobs said, "Think Different."
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