Someone once said that there is nothing more powerful in the entire world than an idea whose time has come. Disney, for example, is today valued at around US$150 billion and generates revenues of over US$50 billion annually.Not bad for a company that started with a cartoon called Mickey Mouse !

Dreams to gold

Steve Jobs was a listless college dropout when he met future collaborator and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Jobs had been what can be called a bum, dabbler in eastern mysticism, psychedelia and other unproductive pursuits such as watching television for hours on end.His biography is well documented and I will not bother you with details. The moral of this tale is that this same guy is now famous for altering the way we work and live in the 21st Century via the invention of the Macintosh computer abbreviated Mac and related products iPhone, iTunes and iPad.The Apple brand is well loved for the ingenuity of the design and the functionality of its product lines.

No grand plan starting out

Of course Jobs did not have a grand plan when he set out as a young dreamer who society might have dismissed as a failure after dropping out of college.But when he met with other minds of purpose (such as Wozniak and Bill Gates), he crystallised his vision and became a formidable innovator and shrewd businessman.

When Steve Jobs died,he left behind a multi-billion dollar company.The company is currently under the stewardship of Tim Rice. Jobs is reportedly said to have summarised his life maxim as follows: “You’ve got to find what you love.And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.”He had given the talk to graduates at Stanford University in 2005 in a speech entitled “How to live before you die”.

Innovative ideas have led thousands from poverty to fortune and fame. Many of the world’s businesses started off as concepts that bothered their possessors till they began to execute them.Several epochs after creation, humans who started off in a garden have been responsible for the creation and invention of many brilliant contraptions and technology that has at the same time moved civilisation forward as well as threatening to extinguish it !

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