Whether you're a PC or a Mac, you have got to be crazy to think that Steve Jobs wasn't one of the best and most innovative business men the world has ever seen. We lost a true visionary yesterday, and its hitting me harder than I truly expected it to. Yes, I consider myself an Apple gal - I was converted a probably 5 years ago or so when I got my free iPod through one of those "Refer 15 people to try these free offers an win" things (believe or not, they are not all scams. Its called direct marketing). That Christmas, my stepfather, a longtime Apple fan, got me a MacBook to replace my laptop that died.
I've barely touched my PC since, save when I was playing WoW.
Now, I don't go anywhere without my iPhone, I just bought a new MacBook Air, and of yeah - did I mention I work for Apple?
Working for Apple has been, far and away, the best job I've ever had. I'm still the 'new girl' around here - but I feel so at home and welcome here its crazy to think how other, more traditional "office" jobs manage to stay afloat. There is no doubt in my mind the "Apple Culture" has Steve's imprint in it. This company, not just the products it sells, has the spirit of Steve Jobs flowing through every vein. From the top executives, to the temps. Going to the cafeteria you are flooded by a whole bustling, happy mess of employees that TRULY define diversity. People in jeans and t-shirts, piercings, colored hair. Openly gay and proud. Transgender. Different body types. Different ethnicities. You see a lot of companies touting that they hold Diversity in high regard - but you're expected to yet someone still mold to what you're "supposed" to look like and act like at work. Diversity should not be just a gender thing, or a gay thing, or a race thing. It's about embracing that people are DIVERSE and by EMBRACING that, your company will be more vibrant, more fun, and more innovative.
This company is fun - and when you have fun at work, you want to WORK. I have not woken up and WANTED to come to work in god knows how long until I started working here. Feeling included, feeling comfortable, and feeling valued. These are things I never thought I'd achieve in a desk job at a mega company. Having managers that truly care about you. How you're feeling. What you're doing. They take interest in you as a person. They want to take you out after work and just eat dinner and have a few drinks with the people from the office.
I hope, and I believe, Steve has left his impression on this company deep enough that the culture will continue. But his loss will leave a lot of people feeling sad today.
Be nice to us if you have to deal with Apple today. Even the retail store reps, temps, and customer service lot looked up to him as their "boss." We all consider ourselves part of the Apple family, and we lost our patriarch yesterday.
:thumb262327886: art by Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs, 2005