President Obama does not get a lot of things right nowadays, but he hit the nail on the head when he said, “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented.”
The impact that Steve Jobs left on our lives is indelible. I will even go so far as to say that nearly everyone reading this owns at least one Apple product, or has at least seen a Pixar film or owns some piece of technology that resulted from the revolution he helped facilitate (and I am sure that there is no one reading this who does not at least know someone who owns an Apple product).
Steve Jobs represents the true spirit of American industrialism, of the innovators, producers, and thinkers of this country. He lived his life proving that one man, despite his background and education, can change the world, and enjoy that which he does.
Though written several months ago, this article outlines the extreme success of the company and the technological boom that he helped facilitate, while also outlining the changes we must make to our government and its anti-success attitude in order to open the door for the future Steve Jobs of this country:
As true in business as it is in any competitive endeavor, the esteem of attaining the number one slot is countered with the glares and fevered envy of embittered competition, as well as the audacity of others to insist that the achiever, by virtue of his successes, bears some inherent obligation to others. Apple is no exception to the legacy of great American enterprises…