I wanted to have something about the news of Steve Jobs posted yesterday, but unfortunately, there are just not enough hours in the day to absolutely everything we want to do (but I'm sure you knew that already).
By now, I'm sure you know that Steve Jobs resigned from his position as CEO of Apple, and is now the Chairman of the Board for the company. Tim Cook is now the CEO of the company that helped bring the world the iPod, the iPad and the iTunes store.The question on a lot of people's minds is: what does this mean for Apple? Will the computer giant crumble like the Byzantine Empire? Was Steve Jobs Apple's Alexander the Great, and without his leadership and guidance, will this company turn into a cocktail party joke? Or will Apple continue and soldier on? Will the company continue to create products that are consumed by the faithful and loathed by the nay-sayers?
Honestly, I don't know. But I'm not that worried about Apple.
There was an Apple before Jobs became CEO. And I think there will be an Apple afterwards as well.Apple really has only two roads it can go down now. It can either continue to innovate and "think different." Or, it can become a "greatest hits" type of company, releasing something new every once in awhile but keeping its core business on iPhones, iPads and computers.
There's a lot of people who "hate" Steve Jobs. I'm not really sure why. He makes, or made (depending on your point of view), computers and other products that a lot of people really like. These are not just limited to computers. He ran Pixar when the computer graphics studio made Toy Story, after all.
I think the thing we need to take away from Steve Jobs' legacy at Apple (and for that matter, it's the lesson of Bill Gates and Thomas Edison) is that it's ok to do things your own way. It's ok to think about a concept in a different way. It's ok to do something a little different if you think it's going to work. Jobs has more failures than he has successes. Under his watch at Apple, the Cube was made (a product that was killed off exactly one year after its release). Under his watch at Apple, MobileMe was made (a product that will soon cease to exist). There are many more, but I want to get to the ultimate point.
If you have an idea, don't be afraid to fail. Don't be afraid to say, "what the heck?" Go after it, achieve it, make it happen. If someone is standing in your way keeping your dream from becoming a reality, prove them wrong. Prove to them that your idea is a good one and one that will work and one that will make you richer than they are. All you have to do is simply make it happen.