Gratitude For Steve Jobs

by Martha Giffen

Let me start by saying I’m not the owner of an Apple computer.  In fact, I always thought my Mac-owner friends were way too snobby about their computers.

They had an abnormal amount of  enthusiasm and were relentless in their conviction that their machines were superior to my PC.  I had become used to that knowing look they would exchange that said I wasn’t a member of their little love fest.

Then I purchased a couple of iPods.

I watched as those iPods became permanent fixtures in two of my sons’ hands.  I mean, you could always find them if you knew where the iPods were! I listened as they were constantly saying how wonderful those toys were but really didn’t pay attention because that’s what they were to me.  Big boy toys!

Fast forward.

Earlier this year, I knew the true Apple revolution had hit my family when my 25 year old son called and said, “Mom, do you you need an extra laptop?  I never use mine because I do everything on my iPhone.”


The technology was that great?  He was giving up his laptop?

Yes, I had been in an Apple store and was pretty much blown away by the customer service and the hands on fun available, but I still hadn’t become an Apple groupie. I had also endured the constant badgering of one of my offspring that never missed an opportunity to tell me how awesome his friend’s Macbook was.

Then came the iPad.

What can I say?  I am a proud owner and couldn’t be happier.   And yes, it IS on my list of top things I’ve ever put my hands on!  Every time I use it I think, “I’m in love with this little machine.”

Now, I know I’m just one small fish in the Steve Jobs pond of happy and satisfied customers but
seriously, the guy was a genius.  And not just with his innovations, which of course have changed my life forever, but with his perspective on true happiness.

The mindset behind achieving a vision.

I know much has been written today and will be for a long time on the life and times of Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, but to me, his own words show us all how we too can make a difference.

Do what you love!

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” ~ Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Steve Jobs was a great man.

He changed the world by listening to his own drum.

I am grateful for what he gave us.



 Gratitude For Steve Jobs

Martha Giffen

Martha Giffen is a Small Business and Social Media Consultant, Coach, Trainer, and Speaker. The author of 3 best-selling books, including "Be Social Be Rich," she is an Online Marketing authority and teaches Small Biz Owners how to achieve massive profitable success. And, -she dishes it all out with a warm southern flare!

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