Here’s to the Crazy Ones- Remembering Steve Jobs

It has been seven years this past week since the world lost Steve Jobs, innovator, agitator, businessman, marketer, rebel, husband, father, and co-founder of  Apple. Inc. He changed the way millions of us communicate, listen to music, watch TV and movies, learn, and look at things in this world. He was 56 years old.

Some time ago a friend told me how Eblen Charities continued to surprise her and so many others, and had for the past number of years. She  said  “You know, there are a lot of people out there that think you all are crazy.”  I told her that I pretty much knew that. “I take that as a great compliment,” I said. “That’s how I meant it,” she told me.

A few years ago Apple Computer had a brilliant campaign that centered around the phrase “Think Different” and used the images of iconoclasts such as Orson Welles, Bob Dylan, Martin Luther King Jr.,  John Lennon, Amelia Earhart, Lucille Ball, and dozens of others. The text they used in many of their ads was just as inspired.  While my friend and I were talking about how “crazy” some folks thought we were, the ad came to mind. If you are familiar with it, this will serve as a reminder, and if not, I hope it will make you smile a bit and help to make all of us “think different.”

Here’s to you Steve, thank you for inspiring all of us “crazy ones.”

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.

And they have no respect for the status quo.

 You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. 

 Because they change things.

They invent. 

They imagine. 

They heal.          

They explore.

They create.

They inspire.   

They push the human race forward.

 Maybe they have to be crazy. 

 How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?

Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written?

Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory  on wheels? 

While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

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