As news came in today about the death of Apple Co-Founder and Visionary, Steve Jobs, I felt a piece of my youth had died with him.
Although I realize my memories will forever last, I still felt deeply saddened by this news.
Steve Jobs wasn’t just some billionaire who created something and made a fortune. He was no Bill Gates. He was unique. You see Steve Jobs created a revolution that reverberated through the computer industry for the past 35 years. He not only gave us the personal computer – he was the ONE and ONLY creative in the normally otherwise “stiff” PC world.
Just look at his track record with fantastic uncontested products like iTunes, iPad, iPod, iPhone and of course…the Mac. There never has been and there never will be, another individual so skilled at pushing his employees to perfection.
Growing up, this man was someone to aspire to be like. My youth is filled with memories of the rise of Apple by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. As a matter of fact just the other day I once again watched The Triumph of the Nerds – The True Story of the PC Revolution.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg even compared Jobs to Einstein and Newton. He was a genius!
You see I like to remember my youth and I’m sure I’m not alone on that. Maybe it’s part of getting older.
Now that I have my own son, I will bestow the same drive and passion for success that I came to learn while growing up in Canada as a child. And I will tell him stories about the man I looked up to as a child…Steve Jobs. He will be sadly missed. The entire world felt this one.