All throughout time there have been people who have managed to change the world in one way or another.
Geoffrey Chaucer did so by writing his poetry in English (considered to be peasant language at the time), Henry VIII did so by creating the church of England and Steve Jobs did so by creating Apple.
The one thing each of these things have in common is that the pioneers, for lack of a better word, in question took a risk.
Chaucer performed his poetry to nobles who mostly spoke German or French, for they considered English an ugly language, and as a result it has become one of the most widely spoken languages.
Henry VIII separated the Church of England from in the Roman Catholic Church despite his expected allegiance to it as King of England, even though he did this for purely selfish reasons he still created a religious sect that has become popular throughout the years.
And Steve Jobs has played a major part in driving humanity, or at least the Western World, into the 21st century.
But it was announced yesterday (I found out from Wired UK on Facebook) that after a considerable amount of medical leave Jobs had resigned from his position as CEO.
This has come after a lot of questioning about his health. At 56, Jobs has already battled and survived pancreatic cancer, which from what I’ve heard is perhaps one of the deadlier forms, and undergone a liver transplant.
From his history he doesn’t appear to be a healthy man but also comes across as extremely resilient, so whatever he might be suffering now I hope that he gets well soon.
There are a lot of people out there who don’t like Apple. Personally I don’t mind them, I really enjoy their products, I’m never without my iPod, but I can’t say I’m a fan of iTunes and the damage it has helped to cause to the music industry.
But even the haters can’t deny that Jobs is an extremely able and perhaps very cunning businessman.
Not only did he Co-found Apple in 1976 but in 1986, during a brief period he was no longer working for his company, he bought Pixar.
During his tenure the company teamed up with Disney and created Toy Story and several other box-office hits such as A Bug’s Life.
In 2003 Disney bought Pixar from Jobs for $7.4 billion and he became the single biggest share-holder in the Disney company.
By then however Jobs had created neXT which Apple bought, bringing Jobs back onto the team. From there Apple’s sales improve and he worked his way up to CEO.
He revolutionised the way we listen to music, mobile phones and now how we might read a magazine. Although I never want one, the iPad might very well help magazines which have steadily been falling into decline, and as a magazine journalist student I’m sure that this can only be a good thing.
Without the inconvenience of holding a chunky magazine the might be a bit awkward to carry you can subscribe to the iPad version and have all the content, and some extra features, at your fingertips.
And, as if to underline how much Steve Jobs is valued, since he resigned share prices in Apple have fallen 5%. In a small way it must be flattering for Jobs to see the company suffer that loss.
He has for a long time been the genius behind the products, but now that job has fallen to Tim Cook, the new CEO.
He has been fulfilling Jobs’ duties since January when the latter went on leave but the question is, will he be able to do it for the long haul? Is he going to show the same spark and initiative as his predecessor?
One of the things that makes Jobs great is his fearlessness of failure. He sets himself a challenge and even though it might seem impossible he is happy to take the risk.
I think it’s sad to hear that Jobs might be unable to continue his work with the company due to illness. It was obviously something he loved and it must be disappointing to have to stop at a relatively young age.
All I know is, I don’t envy Tim Cook.