Taking the Organization Leadership class has given me the inspiring on studying the impacts made by Steve Jobs. And here is what I have learned. Although I don’t know him in person, I do can feel the impact he has made everyday.
Steve Jobs was a co-founder, a chairman, and the chief executive of the Apple Inc. He was the co-founder and previously worked as the CEO of the Pixar Animation Studios, too. As a genius, he had vision. He trusted with his own instinct. He demanded perfection. Needless to say, he has led a technological revolution and changed our lives in many aspects. In addition to the fact that all around the world people love his products, Steve Jobs’s ideas of innovation will sure influence many generations in the future and right from the very beginning which was the idea to change everything.
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations. – Steve Jobs” (Pieroni, 2015) When the Mac is released in early 1984, sales are underwhelming. He hit the wall hard, as he was truly believed in his vision but ousted from Apple by its board. However, the failure only strengthened Steve Jobs’s drive. His next re-invention was a big one: himself. As a person who has a long term point of view and visions, he envisioned a computer on every desk, a device that could take multitasking to a whole new level, and a new sign of coolness. Furthermore, he did not just envision, he made his idea to happen. Steve Jobs was one of the first ones who humanizing the computer technology in a way that made it extraordinarily easy and as a device that brings absolutely joy and pleasure.
When he got bounced from Apple, it took him a few years to find his breaking point to breakthrough his old past. This time, instead of telling the story of computers, Steve Jobs and his new team used computers to tell the story of some toys and it turned out pretty well. On November 22th, 1995, audiences across the America are lining up for a ground-breaking movie that will change the film industry forever. The movie is called “Toy Story”. The movie was not just incredibly moving, but also one of the first computer generated animated. Nowadays, Pixar with millions worth and Steve Jobs was one of the greatest contributor to Pixar by recognizing its hidden potential and his change brought to the movie industry. Something he would do again and again after he’s returned to Apple in 1997 after NeXT technology.
Steve Jobs once said, “I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what’s next.” (Pieroni, 2015) As Jobs begins his second tour at Apple in the late’90s, he combined his two life-long passions: music and computers and created something revolutionary on the market. In October, 2001, Apple launches the iPod, the rock star of all music players. As exactly what Steve Jobs advertised, this amazing little device could holds 1,000 songs. In addition, there’s no buttons on the device and it was a significant change to the music business industry. By introducing something as mind refreshing as the iPod, Steve Jobs soon launched the products such as iPhone and iPad. Steve Jobs’s success on his products was not only because his vision and innovative ideas of constantly using new techniques to create new products, but also because of his perfectionism. “If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.”(Pieroni, 2015) Steve Jobs was able to always introduce something new to vary from his old success and create the needs from the customers was most because his willingness to fight for his vision and his attention to the details. It’s impossible to estimate how many people are deeply influenced directly or indirectly by Steve Jobs’s ideas and his products. However, it’s certain that the Steve Jobs’s innovative ideas and his change to the technology industry will continue in some degree forever. Steve Jobs didn’t invent the computer or the portable music player or the smartphone. But needless to say, Steve Jobs has transformed people from use these technologies to people need these technologies and they can’t live without it. Frankly, he has changed our lifestyle with his vision and determination. As for the Apple logo, it turned into something meaningful, a symbol of lust, knowledge, hope and innovation.
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