There is a famous story about Steve Jobs luring Pepsi president John Sculley to work for Apple. In Sculley’s words:
“And then he looked up at me and just stared at me with the stare that only Steve Jobs has and he said do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or do you want to come with me and change the world and I just gulped because I knew I would wonder for the rest of my life what I would have missed.”
Apple did change the world, and couldn’t have done it without Jobs. That’s the inspiration I’ll draw from Steve Jobs, highlighted now that he has died. That one person can change the world, by stubbornly sticking to a his own vision.
I probably won’t change the world. Most people don’t; not on the same scale. But I can at least avoid selling sugar water for the rest of my life.
If everyone worked to change the world for the better a fraction as much as Jobs did, imagine how much better the world could be.
Screw sugar water, oh and hey, screw cancer. RIP Steve Jobs.