The late Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder and former chief executive officer Steve Jobs thought his work would be irrelevant by 2005. In a video clip from the mid-nineties, Jobs said, “All the work that I have done in my life will be obsolete by the time I am 50.”
Jobs quit Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in 1985 and founded another company called NeXT Computer that same year. Jobs came back to Apple when the company acquired NeXT computers. In 2001, Jobs changed the music industry with iPods and iTunes, allowing customers to download songs or albums and load them onto their MP3 player for music on the go. Little did he know, his real legacy would start in 2007 with the launch of the iPhone and in 2010 with the iPad.
He added, “This is a field where one does not write a principia, which holds up for two hundred years. This is not a field where one paints a painting that will be looked at for centuries, or builds a church that will be admired and looked at in astonishment for centuries. No. This is a field where one does one’s work and in ten years it’s obsolete, and really will not be usable within ten or twenty years. Nah, it’s not like the Renaissance at all. It’s very different.”
Steve Jobs Refers to Himself as “Sediment”
Apple wouldn’t be where they are today without Steve Jobs. But that doesn’t mean he didn’t have doubts about his work or where it would take him. He explained further, “It’s sort of like sediment of rocks. You’re building up a mountain and you get to contribute your little layer of sedimentary rock to make the mountain that much higher. But no one on the surface, unless they have X-ray vision, will see your sediment. They’ll stand on it. It’ll be appreciated by that rare geologist.”
Steve Jobs Was a Visionaire and an Inspiration
If anything, Jobs was a visionaire and an inspiration for future business entreprenuers. His work made him a legacy. Even though he passed away nearly two years ago, he left a positive impact that will never be forgotten.