"Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they're not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Whether or not you are a fan of Apple, there is no denying his determination, intelligence, influence, and compassion. He was the heart and soul of a company that values each and every customer. When you walk into an Apple Store, you encounter not only a virtual playground of electronics, but a place where you feel welcome. You are free to browse and test the merchandise, and even use the computers for personal use (a valuable tool for many people who do not have their own wifi). Even more important to me, however, is the positive, upbeat atmosphere. The employees are genuinely excited to help, to share their products and knowledge with the consumer, and seem to truly love what they do instead of just putting on an act. That in itself is a gift to be around, and why I am continuously drawn to the Apple Store despite the fact that I'm normally drawn to places that are filled with bright colors instead of the pristine white found at Apple. A real smile goes a long way and can make a difference in a customer's day, and smiles are plentiful in every branch I've visited. Having friends who work and have worked for Apple, it appears (simply from observation, as I haven't worked there myself) that there is a sense of community among them, almost like an "Apple family", and that's a beautiful thing.
Cancer is, pardon my French, a real bitch. It is a terrible, devastating thing to go through for the sufferer, not to mention their family and friends. This is true whether you are Steve Jobs or Jane Doe. Rich, poor, male, female, old, young, gay, straight, famous, unknown…it doesn't discriminate. Everyone feels pain. One reporter asked me if I think Steve Jobs was an irreplaceable human being. I answered that yes, EVERY person is an irreplaceable human being. One person is not superior to another. We place people on pedestals and create the illusion that they are immortal, and although i did not personally know him, it pains me to think he had to suffer so much. He was as mortal as anyone. I am truly sad for the loss to society, but even more sad for his family and those who were close to him, though I am happy he had such an incredible support system. Steve Jobs will not be forgotten, and I am sure his legacy will carry on. RIP.
The iPhone 4S is scheduled to go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday local time. As of 2 p.m. Thursday, the line at the Fifth Avenue store was 12 people long.