Think Different and Stay Crazy
I love Apple Computer and Steve Jobs. There I've said it. Think what you will about Steve Jobs. What can't be denied is that he has transformed the way we interact with each other. He inspired brilliant people to destroy accepted paradigms and create a future, unimagined. It started in his garage in Cupertino with Steve Wozniak when they had the crazy idea that computers should be on everyone's desk....and now we all have one in our pockets.
Matthew Shadbolt of The Corcoran Group wrote a very good article for Inman Next about Steve Jobs and the contribution he has been. Steve has affected much more than the obvious computer industry. He built Pixar Studios, which has brought us amazing, award winning animated movies and set the bar very high for all other animated movie producers. Some people don't remember a day without mp3 players. Walkmans live in museums now because of Steve's vision. Having our whole music collection in our pockets wasn't even something we thought we'd want......that is until Apple showed us what was possible at a cost we could afford.
Steve Jobs Envisioning the Future
When Steve returned to Apple in 1996, one of the first cuts he made was the Newton. I was mad. I had the future in my pocket and he said it was just a scribble pad and he was getting rid of it. I remember thinking he was making a big mistake and that he'd regret it. Well, we were both right. I did have the future in my pocket.....and he envisioned a future I couldn't.....then he brought into being. iPhones are now everywhere you look. 74 million have been sold since June of 2007. Cell phone manufacturers has been trying to catch up ever since and have been copying the iPhone design in order to compete. Now we have the iPad which is only a little over a year old. 15 million have been sold since it hit the street. I got one two days after it went on sale. I felt special for a while, but now everywhere you look, there they are. They are in schools, hospitals, retail shops, real estate, automobiles.....the list goes on and on.
Real Estate Software eEdge
Steve is responsible for transforming the way we work and play. For example, Keller Williams has rolled out a new software program called eEdge. It is a web based suite of programs that keep track of contacts, marketing, lead generation, and paperless transactions. When someone visits my website and has a question, or a client signs a document online, I receive a text message on my iPhone alerting me. I can then get back to people within seconds. I have more than 20 apps on my iPhone and iPad that are real estate related that help find homes for sale, calculate mortgages, annotate pdf's, and create powerpoint presentations that can be displayed on large screen monitors wirelessly, to name just a few. During my drives to and from work I listen to podcasts to catch up on news or listen to books "on tape".
When I listen to Steve's commencement address at Stanford,
I am inspired to always be vigilant to look for what's not obvious, to solve problems by not paying attention to the way it looks but by looking for what's possible.
I am so grateful for Steve's constant inspiration. My life is better because of his influence.......and so is yours.