I’ve never met Steve Jobs. I never will. But the impact his products have made in my life is undeniable. Today marks the 5 year anniversary of his death. I often wonder about many things; what he would think of current Apple products? The direction Apple has gone? Decisions they have made? Obviously no one knows these answers. But I still wonder…
I owe Steve Jobs my love to video production. I’m not great at it, and really don’t do it as much as i’d like anymore. But the truth is, his passion for getting complicated, expensive tools in ordinary people’s hands in a reworked, simple product is the direct reason for my filmmaking an editing projects.
Steve’s Stanford Commencement Speech was a huge influence of me filming a screenplay on a whim. His reluctancy until achievement of excellence still inspires me and truthfully, could be used at Apple currently. His drive for perfection is largely unmatched not only today, but in an all time spectrum.
In a world where iPhone is king, I think it’s important to remember SJ and Apple at their roots. At their simplest form: The Mac. Steve was passionate about the Mac. To a fault really. But the result is someone like me. I didn’t have to go to college to learn video editing, or filmmaking, or sound sampling, or color correcting, or graphic designing. I just had to buy my first Macintosh.