Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~Steve Jobs
I think this is the start of something really big. Sometimes that first step is the hardest one, and we've just taken it. ~ Steve Jobs
...The crazy ones, we see genius, the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. ~Steve Jobs
.. 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
I was checking Kyle's math homework when they interrupted the news says that Steve Jobs had passed away. To be honest I was not expecting that, even though I knew he had health issues and I suspected he was not doing well. I was speechless. Kyle saw the breaking news headline and I know he saw my expression. He immediately asked, "Who was that?" My response was, "He was a very smart man, a legend." Then the news went into a snippet about Steve, his accomplishments etc. So Kyle, unfazed by the shocking news started talking to me and I immediately shushed him up. "Let me hear this, buddy. I really can't believe it." and as they talked about his survivors, his wife and four children, all I could muster was "That poor family."
At this point Kyle realized that this news means something to me. He then asked, "Who was he?". Silly me, it never dawned on me that Kyle didn't know who Steve Jobs was. After I watched the tribute I turned to Kyle and said, "Honey he was the inventor and CEO of Apple." Kyle gave me one of those sideways looks, like a dog does that makes them look so confused, but awfully cute. I said, "Because of him we have my iphone, our imac, my macbook pro...the itouch...the one to help pixar off the ground. You know Toy Story, Cars...." Then that hit him! He understands those devices, using them pretty regularly. He said, "O I like playing my games on your phone Aunt Heather." O Kyle I guess he is after all a ten year old boy.
That started Kyle talking about his "maybe" itouch gift for Christmas. He ask how many days till Christmas, knowing he is always excited about Christmas (for the wrong reasons). He said, "I can't wait to get my itouch Aunt Heather." I said "You think?" He gave me this look of, 'I know it' and 'look how sweet I am Aunt Heather'. I said, "Only if you play your cards right." He looked so confused saying, "What cards? What do you mean?". I laughed and said, "It's a figure of speak, it means you better be good."
Then in our ride back to his house my sister called and immediately I said, "What am I going to do if Apple goes downhill? What if my computer is never the same, I can't start using a PC, it won't be the same!" As I briefly talked to my sister I realized Kyle was listening because he all of a sudden blurted out, "It's a good thing I downloaded my game on the PC." I started to laugh and said, "Kyle nothing is going to happen to the imac since Steve died, the computers are all fine, your games are fine. I am talking about the future of the company." Ahh again, a ten year old boy...
While in the car he asked me, "What made him so great?" Wow, that was a loaded question. I said, "Honey he was a rare person. He was smart, innovative, persistent, and a true visionary." Kyle asked me what a visionary was and the only way I could explain it was probably lame but he got the point. I said, "Some people have ideas, lots of ideas, but that's it. They sit on those ideas, either because they are not motivated, afraid to move forward, they're lazy, or they just don't know how to take those ideas and make them into something. They are the people who sit back and are always saying, 'I thought of that years ago'. Then there are those people who do, they are task people. You tell them what to do and how to do it and they get it done. They really are not the idea people. Both types are smart and have their place, but then there is a rare breed of individuals. They are the ones who have the ideas and the vision and they know how to make it into something. More than not, their ideas seem unrealistic and crazy at first. They become true visionaries when they turn that idea into a reality. They become a genius when they can turn their reality into a cult following. And then you know they are an icon and household name when the evening news is interrupted by their passing."
Thank you Steve Jobs. Rest in peace!
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