Goodbye Steve

It is fitting that we honor a man who set out to change the world–and did. To look back on Steve Jobs life and accomplishments is to see the power of the individual and his ability to change the thinking of a entire planet for the better.

As we marvel at Jobs as a person, let us not get stuck in the particulars. He was a great man to be sure, but what we should really note is the mindset he represents. We celebrate the actor and the athlete daily, but the business hero goes unsung. Jobs reminded us that to engage in business is just as noble as making a movie or running a marathon. Each represents reaching deep to find the best within us and bringing it out for the world to see.

Most of us will, in one way or another, do business today. As we remember Jobs, let us find that spark of inspiration that moves us to make a difference rather than enduring work like just another drone in the hive. As Jobs admonished us, let us never just settle for second best.

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About Terry Noel

I am an Associate Professor of Management and Quantitative Methods at Illinois State University. My specialty is entrepreneurship.
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