I am literally floored right now. I can still hardly believe this day has finally come. Since joining the Apple family in 2007, I have watched you bring out innovative products and ideas – one after another; something unheard of in any product field. I won’t mince my words. I admire you. I admire your taste, your attention to detail and how your vision is so simple and artistic. You made me love technology.
I haven’t been an Apple user for long, but I know well of the history and drama behind this company. It’s impossible to summarize in a post the incredible contributions your vision has made to the World we live in. Not just computers, but movies, phones, music and now tablets. As great as these achievements have been, your greatest achievement is without doubt the incredible team you assembled at Apple. No matter what happens, your values, vision and pursuit of excellence will surely remain – not matter what your job title may be.
This day may be a sad day for us, but we know that the future of Apple is bright. We honestly love you and appreciate all the contributions you have make to the World, supplying humanity with the most brilliant tools and inventions in recent history. The impact you have made on the industry just in the past few years alone speak for itself – you drive us forward. This impact you made on countless companies in this World, not just Apple, will continue your legacy of innovation based off your inspiration in all their various fields. Your vision is truly legendary and your business skills are admired by the World over.
When you think back, what a road you have taken, and what triumph. You have always been historic since the Apple I was invented in a garage, but the truly supreme success and fame that should have arrived since the first Macintosh never came until the last decade. Now you are THE name in computing, as you should have been since 1984. Now that you are leaving your position, as you crest the wave of a lifetime of efforts…incredible. The Mac, the iPod, the iPhone, and now the iPad. Your name will surely be remembered in the many generations to come.
You will always be one of the persnickety, irascible and controversial titans of the IT world. You found an IT world that did not match your vision, and you changed the IT world to match you. Your products and services are proudly used by hundreds of millions of people. It is because of you that all of us have our own little packages of highly crafted world-leading industrial design and advanced technology. You will always have your haters who cannot appreciate your genius, but you’ve done enough. Your name will forever be remembered amongst those who truly appreciate technology.
Here is to your continued insight as Chairman of Apple. Godspeed, Steve.
Here’s to the crazy ones.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think
that they can change the world… are the ones who do.