There have only been two men in my life that I would consider great men of business and those were my Grandfather, Earl Wilder and Steve Jobs. I remember the first day I met Steve, it was in that dreaded scenario that everyone talks about, in the elevator at Apple headquarters in Cupertino. I was there for my Genius training in 2001.
Steve was know for his extreme focus that could at times come off as being harsh. But being a business owner myself, I know that focus. You are there in your head. It is so present with you, that ANYTHING else seems trivial and almost irritating. So there I was standing there as the doors were opening, terrified and exhilarated when I saw his face for the first time in person. And what did I receive? A smile, it was a kind smile. Not the tyrant that I had heard people speak of. And in that moment, it was as if I had met a kindred spirit. Someone who wasn't willing to sacrifice or make themselves subservient to anyone or anything else. A person with DRIVE.
My favorite quote of his is, "I'd rather be a pirate than join the Navy."
I've lived my life by that non-conformist viewpoint. I've been out there on the bleeding edge of technology ever since 1984 when I first saw the famous ad for Apple played at the Super Bowl. After seeing that advertisment, I told my mother that we HAD to have a Mac and my mother, being one of the most supportive people I have ever known, said, "OK, let's get a Mac."
I find it interesting that when Steve left Apple the first time, my heart left Apple. And it didn't come back until Steve came back. I took 7 years off and helped my husband build his network marketing business and then later my own. When the Apple stores started to open and things became rocky with my husband I, returned to Apple. So do I feel like I am leaving Apple again? No, I'll use Apple's products for the rest of my life, provided they stay true to his ideals and continue to break the rules of convention.
If you are wondering about those ideals, this is a great video to watch. So appropo for this moment.
And so I leave you with this picture from a fellow techy @Scobleizer. The last known photo of Steve. A moment when he leans after standing tall and alone for so long. A moment to say, help me, comfort me, be with me. He deserves that comfort, if he were a warrior, we would have said he was valient. Forever, he has changed so many of us. Most people don't know that he was a Buddhist. I look forward to his reincarnation...