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“Change” is a word that has created tidal waves in every nook and cranny of our society. From how we live our personal lives to how businesses operate and even how countries formulate their policies, change is happening at a pace that everybody is trying to keep up with. Only a handful of people in history has been able to change the world at its very core, and Steve Jobs is one of them.

Steve Jobs, at a very young age, had a vision: to place a computer on every desktop. He may or may not have known at that time, but his simple vision would be the start of changing the world forever.

Early in his career, Steve’s vision almost turned into a huge failure costing millions of dollars. Although he was successful in turning huge computers into ones that could be placed on desktops, his invention turned into flops not only once, but twice. Apple’s desktop computers “Lisa” and “Macintosh” turned into devices that no one would buy.

Being a visionary, Steve was determined to turn his visions into reality. After leaving Apple in 1985, Steve established another computer company called NeXT.  In 1986 he saw an opportunity and bought Pixar Animation Studios. He then used his computers to create the world’s first animation movie “Toy Story”. It became an instant hit and people started to realize the true power of computers.

The success of NeXT came at a time when Apple was starting to disintegrate. Apple turned to NeXT and Steve Jobs to assist in developing a new operating system for Apple computers. Returning to Apple, Steve started to turn the company around; together with it, the whole world.

Before the end of the century, Steve Jobs had started to make his vision come true in a slightly different way. Instead of placing computers onto desktops, he placed a computer in everybody’s pocket with the release of the Apple iPod.

The iPod changed the whole music industry—from how people listened to music to how music companies sold their products. However, Steve still didn’t stop changing the world. The invention of the iPhone and the iPad changed the lives of almost every human being on this planet.

Steve Jobs not only envisioned change—he created change.

Vision and ambition: two words that come to mind when remembering Steve Jobs. His passion for technological innovation sometimes came at the expense of compassion for human beings. His business practices left employees, industry rivals, and customers with wildly varied opinions. However, in the wake of his passing, one thing can be agreed on: Steven Paul Jobs was a shrewd entrepreneur.

In public, employees treated Jobs like a king. Anonymously, they called him a despot. Apple’s board of directors overthrew Jobs in 1985. The absence of his leadership and uncanny vision, however, proved detrimental. Jobs’ reinstatement a decade later marked the beginning of a new era for Apple. In time, the scorn he earned for his strict attitude toward business was replaced with admiration for “running a tight ship.”

Public opinion of Jobs ran the gamut. The introduction of his creative innovations (such as the iTouch, iPhone, and iPad) were invariably met with excitement from fans. Diehard Apple customers were known to camp outside stores the night before a gadget’s release. On the other end of the spectrum, open source advocates criticized Apples high prices and implementation of closed platforms.

Steve Jobs introduces the iPad. Image via Matt Buchanan

Jobs’ business acumen was indisputable. Under his leadership, Apple products set the standard all other electronic products aspired to reach. He also reversed the fortunes of a losing company, acquiring shares at a business as controversial as himself, Disney.

In retrospect, one can’t help but wonder about the future of Apple. Jobs hand-picked Tim Cook as his successor. But time will tell if Cook possesses the vision and ambition to keep Apple at the top.