Steve Jobs, 1955-2011
In his honour, I've reposted what I said about him just a few weeks ago.
Louis Armstrong did that for jazz. Newton and Einstein did it for physics. And Steve Jobs of Apple? Virtually single-handedly he revolutionised telecommunications, personal computing, the music business, publishing and Hollywood. Not to mention what he did to the computer itself.
Most geniuses only revolutionise one field. Jobs has revolutionised at least three.
But it’s not enough for some folk that his genius has improved the lives of millions. That he’s a genius who’s earned his money. He’ll only get respect at places like the New York Times if he gives it all away.
Never mind that the focus of his wealth and productive genius on production does more for every single person on the planet than if he spent his time and energy giving his money away. He understands this:
Mr. Jobs [told friends] he could do more good focusing his energy on continuing to expand Apple than on philanthropy, especially since his illness. “He has been focused on two things — building the team at Apple and his family,” another friend said. “That’s his legacy. Everything else is a distraction.”
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 1993 , Jobs said, “Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.”
Good for him.