What we can learn from the life of Steve Jobs.

I don’t know if Steve Jobs ever even went to a Broadway show, but I do think he was one of the greatest Producers who ever lived.

He built things the world didn’t even know it needed.  And he did it in a showman style that would have made even David Merrick proud.

He had a few hits early in his career and then a few flops.  But that didn’t keep him from doing what he loved day in and day out . . . which led him to even bigger hits later on.

I never got to meet him (he has always been the person I would choose to have dinner with if I could pick anyone in the world).  But I was told that he had to personally approve my iPhone commercial, and man, when I heard that, I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  I didn’t even care if the thing ever aired.  I just remember thinking, “I hope I did him proud.”  (If you ever run into me, ask me to tell you the story of how he apparently didn’t like how I held my iPhone . . .  so duh, I changed my grip.)

Visionary, genius, innovator, etc.  These are all worlds that are tossed around when describing him, but none of them do him justice.

I think we should just retire the name Steve, and instead use it as a synonym for all those words combined.

He made the world a better place.

And more importantly . . . he inspired people to want to make the world an even better place.

He was just so . . . Steve.

Rest peacefully in ‘the cloud’, Mr. Jobs.


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