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Pick of the Week : Remembering Steve

Steve-Jobs

 Pick of the Week

Remembering Steve

This week, in place of our normal Picks of the Week post, the iSource team wanted to do something special, and share our thoughts on Steve Jobs and what he has meant to all of us, and how he has impacted all of our lives.

 

Steve Jobs is one of those rare iconic figures whose impact on society cannot accurately be measured. He took a company that was on the brink of disaster and turned it into one of the most successful and influential businesses in the world.

And that’s not even the most impressive thing about his legacy.

On January 9, 2007, Mr. Jobs took the stage and changed the world forever. He introduced the first iPhone to the delight and curiosity of many.

The rest, of course, is history.

From the App Store developers, case designers, and website editors he’s helped earn a living, to a world of people he has enabled to stay better connected, educated, and informed, we all have felt Steve Jobs’ impact on the world.

Thank you, Steve. You will be missed.

-Brandon K

 

Steve Jobs was a true Renaissance Man, something that is so rare in today’s world. He was a self-made college drop out, an entrepreneur, a business man, a product designer, a man ousted from the company that he helped to found, a corporate failure turned success, a visionary in multiple disciplines, a longtime cancer survivor, and ultimately, the CEO of the richest company on the planet. Who else could possibly claim that resume? He did, and seemed to wear it all very proudly, both the successes and the failures. Steve Jobs was truly one-of-a kind, and he will definitely be missed.

-James

 

I had always heard the name Steve Jobs, but I didn’t know what he did. That all changed in 2007 when I started hearing about this cool cell phone coming out called the iPhone. I finally watched the keynote that would change what the world knew about mobile phones, and I was mesmerized by this showman, this energetic man who’s excitement and enthusiasm had me itching to get this phone.
His ideology alone made me want to replace all my tech with Apple products, and I did. With no regrets. I’ll miss his brilliance. Rest in peace, Steve.

-Jack

 

A more brilliant businessman we will likely never see in our lifetimes.  In Apple, Steve Jobs created what is almost the perfect corporate mentality that both listens to customers yet resists capitulating to everyone’s whims; that strives for perfection but accepts market and technological realities; and that delivers what it considers to be a great product without caring what “the other guy” thinks.   In Pixar, he reinvented the way we look at movies in a way that spawned a whole genre of filmmaking.  Steve’s most enduring legacy, however, will almost certainly not be what he turned Apple into – it will be in how many lives he touched through the fruits of his passions with both companies.

-Joe

 

As it so often happens, my mother messaged me the news: Steve Jobs. Gone at 56. I read the message on my iPhone, which never leaves my side, the first thing I go to in the morning. And the first thing I saw this morning when waking up was her message. One of the first thoughts that ran through my head was “OMG”, followed by “Drat, I never thanked him”.

You see, I had been composing this email in my head for years. I would write Steve Jobs and thank him for changing my life, for the better. You see, without Steve Jobs my bands would not exist. There would be no Alibee and no Slave called shiver. It started with the iPod, that brought music back into my life. iOS devices then helped me write lyrics, Garageband helped me write music, the iPhone and iPad helped me in the studio. Apple’s products inspired me and enabled me. I had wanted to tell him that. I had even thought of gifting him my music. Now it’s too late. Do you think he knew? That I was grateful? That I had been inspired? That I believed in his vision? I’d like to think that on some otherworldly pane, he did smile when he read my imaginary email.

Sad but grateful to have been influenced by Steve Jobs and Apple

-Alicia

 

As an older contributor here at iSource, I can recall the introduction of the Macintosh and owning one when I was in high school. This personal computer changed the way personal computers were considered “personal” and set the stage for Microsoft’s Windows OS to duplicate. The introduction of the mouse, a graphical interfaces, and a simplistic way to use a computer was inspired by Apple and Steve Jobs. And, yeah, it was just plain cool at the time, impressing many peers and teachers with the fancy fonts on papers I turned in.

What made Jobs so good was his visionary focus. He had vision for the future, stating, “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.” He could inspire greatness by that vision – he did it both Apple and Pixar.

Secondly he let nothing stand in the way of that vision. With clarity and laser-like focus, he put into action what it would take to achieve that vision. That meant accepting nothing less than excellence in quality over quantity, and sometimes being a royal pain to work for as a boss. According to Jobs, “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully.”

Jobs was man of greatness who will be missed, of that there is no doubt. And he accomplished what he wanted: “I want to put a ding in the universe.” Some may even say it was more of a dent than a ding.

Here’s to inspiring innovation and living toward fulfilling a dream.

(quotes from http://www.macstories.net/roundups/inspirational-steve-jobs-quotes/)

-Jay

 

Through my formative years without a male figure at home, I looked up to Steve Jobs for inspiration, and found a drive to move forward. To make great things. I fondly remember seeing the original iMac commercials as a kid in the late 1990s. I spent my formative years with the iPod. And now as an “adult” I rely on the iPad and MacBook Pro to make my living. But the biggest thing I’ll take away from Steve’s life and work, is a drive to make great things. I also learned from Steve to never look back, always look forward. I strive to follow his lead every day. He was one of the few people who truly inspired me. I will miss him.

-Alex

 

Steve Jobs was clearly a giant of a man, a once in a century sort of person whose impact on the world has been enormous, and will continue to be so through many coming generations. He’s someone our kids and their kids are going to come to know as a legendary American figure. His authorized biographer, Walter Isaacson, notes that he revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. I wouldn’t disagree.

Like many great figures, he seems to have been a very complicated man. Not one who suffered fools and not one to mince words. He was brash enough to think and say that he knew better than his customers what they needed – but the thing is he was proved right about that.

On a personal level, I’ve been fascinated with mobile devices for well over 10 years now and I knew the moment I saw Jobs announce the iPhone that it was the mobile device that made every other one I’d used pale in comparison. For me, the iPad is probably the biggest ‘game-changer’ amongst all his many creations that deserve that tag – and to think he was pouring his heart and soul into that in those last few years of his life when his health was betraying him. I loved seeing the look on my daughter’s face when I talked to her about his death Wednesday night, when she came in and saw me watching the news reports. There was sadness, but even more there was a look of awe, a look of fascination when I did my quick rundown of some of his achievements that she could directly relate to, as she uses and loves devices like the iPod Touch and the iPad. I like the idea that her appreciation of him and his efforts will only grow in years to come.

-Patrick

 

Mr. Jobs,

Thank You.

Brandon

 

Steve Jobs was truly a visionary.  He was always looking to the future, always planning for the next big thing.  His mark on our culture is undeniable.  He has influenced so many lives.  He has been a mentor to so many seeking advice.  But in the end, what he cherished most was his family and what they meant to him—and for me, this was his most endearing quality.

Rob

 

Thanks for taking the time to read our thoughts on Steve Jobs.  If you would like to share your thoughts, please take a moment and add them in the comments section below.

 

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  • charlene leschinsy

    I composed this for my facebook page and I have used it more than once to express what Mr. Jobs and his Apple have meant in my life.
    “”I’m a Mac” –I am more than surprised at my own reaction to the passing of Steve Jobs so I have given a lot of thought about the reasons that so many of us are truly saddened by the loss of a man who was, after all, just a computer guy. The best explanation I can come up with is that being a follower of Apple and all that comes with it seems to draw you into the membership of a very special group of people the world over. It is a bright shiny place in a world where violence, greed and other darkness abounds, where societies everywhere are faced with insecurity, fear and an increased lack of solidarity. Steve Jobs created a community that is amazingly loyal no matter where you live and what language you speak. If you get what it’s all about, then you will understand the pleasure of meeting someone who learns of your “appleness” and who responds with “I’m a Mac, too”. It’s a bridge, it’s a bond and it’s a community spirit. He taught us it’s okay to “think different” and it’s okay to BE different and not just okay, but potentially awesome and important. Our lives and Apple will go on without Steve but hopefully the fires of “think different” will continue to burn and show us the way to become yet another person who makes this world a better place because they had the guts to think outside the box.” Rest in Peace Steve, you will be remembered, you will be missed.

    • Jack Hickman

      Very nice, Charlene.

  • charlene leschinsky

    I composed this for my facebook page and I have used it more than once to express what Mr. Jobs and his Apple have meant in my life.
    “”I’m a Mac” –I am more than surprised at my own reaction to the passing of Steve Jobs so I have given a lot of thought about the reasons that so many of us are truly saddened by the loss of a man who was, after all, just a computer guy. The best explanation I can come up with is that being a follower of Apple and all that comes with it seems to draw you into the membership of a very special group of people the world over. It is a bright shiny place in a world where violence, greed and other darkness abounds, where societies everywhere are faced with insecurity, fear and an increased lack of solidarity. Steve Jobs created a community that is amazingly loyal no matter where you live and what language you speak. If you get what it’s all about, then you will understand the pleasure of meeting someone who learns of your “appleness” and who responds with “I’m a Mac, too”. It’s a bridge, it’s a bond and it’s a community spirit. He taught us it’s okay to “think different” and it’s okay to BE different and not just okay, but potentially awesome and important. Our lives and Apple will go on without Steve but hopefully the fires of “think different” will continue to burn and show us the way to become yet another person who makes this world a better place because they had the guts to think outside the box.” Rest in Peace Steve, you will be remembered, you will be missed.