Saturday, October 8, 2011

The Passing of Steve Jobs

I was saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs after a long battle with cancer. A few lessons from his life:

Failure isn’t the end, but an opportunity to start again smarter and wiser.

Use your God-given creativity and think big.

Look for opportunities where others see none, and run with it. Jobs saw what Xerox had developed at its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and immediately recognized its potential, while Xerox was clueless.

Death is the great equalizer: everybody will experience it. The question is, where will you find yourself when you wake up on the other side?

All the money in the world can’t save you from a terminal disease, but may prolong your life for a while.

Think about this: What if Steve’s unwed mother had aborted him rather than putting him up for adoption?

Geniuses (or those who think they are the smartest guy in the room) are difficult to work for, no matter how likeable they may appear (Gates, Jobs, Zuckerman).

Steve Jobs and Apple represent the best of American technological innovation, but where is most of the hardware made? China, of course. What about American jobs, Mr. Jobs?

Steve Jobs came up with many technological innovations and left a tremendous earthly legacy, but good works done in obedience to God have eternal value.

The world has lost an innovator in a league with (or above) Edison, Ford, Watson (of IBM), and Wilson (of Xerox). In addition his business instincts and organizational abilities were excellent. Steve Jobs will be missed. I thank you for what you have given to us and for what is still in the pipeline.

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