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Steve Jobs 02/24/1955 – 10/05/2011

As the whole world mourns one of the greatest minds in history, we should really take a look at just what kind of impact Steve Jobs has made on mankind.  You can compare him to any of the innovators of history, Ben Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, Galileo, he fits right up there at the top.

Let me preface what I’m about to write by telling you that it wasn’t until about a year ago that I really became and Apple fan.  Thanks to the influence of some friends and family I’m now happy to say that I love my Apple products.

Anyway…

Here’s a man who had an idea and ran with it.  Forget that the idea itself was going to change the world, or that he would have more ideas, every year that would continually shape the human race.  It’s such a simple concept, have a vision then execute.

And if you look at Apple devices, from Macs to iPods and iPads, you’ll realize that he wasn’t making products to sell to the masses.  He was developing a way for the masses to exist.  He created a culture of followers so devoted that they swear by their Apple products.  And why not?  What’s even more impressive was his ability to not only point the world in a new technological direction, but to lead his team at Apple to follow him on that journey.  Any person can tell you that leading a group is difficult, from managers to football coaches to parents, it’s hard.  Steve Jobs did it so well that Apple was successful quarter after quarter, year after year.  And to show just how powerful his leadership was, look at the years when he wasn’t there and compare to after his return in 1997.

Let’s just take a look at one single simple device that Steve Jobs gave birth to.  The iPhone.  Not only did it change the way mobile devices were used, but it truly sparked a mobile revolution.  It pushed the envelope on what mobile devices could and should do.  Since the inception of the iPhone, manufacturers around the world have been scrambling to catch up.  Just think, how many devices want to be the “iPhone killer”?  It’s tough to be on top, but it’s Steve Jobs who has set the bar, and he left the ladder with Apple.

There is so much more that can be said about Steve Jobs, that’s already being said across the globe.  I’m not going to repeat it.

Please take a moment to read the email from Tim Cook to Apple employees.  It says it all.

Rest In Peace.

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