Today marks the end of an era not only for the Apple community, but for the tech industry as a whole with the resignation of Steve Jobs as the CEO of Apple. Whether you liked the man or not, you cannot deny that he changed the landscape. He pushed Apple to where it is now and spurred the rest of the industry to compete which, in the end, created better products for us, the consumers. Here is an excerpt from Steve Job’s letter:
I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.
I know the internet will be saturated with everyone’s sadness, disbelief, disinterest, relief, everything, and I know I am adding to the noise. Yet, I still want to state my own brief perspective on the situation. Steve Jobs, in my mind, is a business ninja and someone any entrepreneur can look up to. He always sticks to his goals and does what is necessary to accomplish them.
I’m a tech geek who has loved using Apple products for a long time. My first computer was an Apple IIc and I am typing this up right now on my MacBook Pro. That being said, I am not writing this because I am an Apple fanboy. I honestly do not consider myself to be one. I have no issues being vocal about decisions Apple has made under Jobs lead that I disagree with and have done so. I am writing this because I respect the man and what he has accomplished in his career. I only hope others with similar drive and vision will step up.
I will leave you with this video. This is probably one of his most famous speeches and many of you have likely seen it before. What he says here really translates with what he has accomplished at Apple.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.