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Steve Jobs: 5 Things We Miss Most

Let's take a moment to remember the work and ideas of the late Steve Jobs, who would have turned 60 today.
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"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."

This quote, taken from Steve Jobs's 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, was chosen by current Apple CEO Tim Cook to remember his friend and mentor on Twitter. Had he lived, Jobs would have turned 60 today.

A few months before he lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in October 2011, the late CEO entrusted Cook, who previously held the position of Apple COO, with control of the company Jobs co-founded in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

Years after his passing, Jobs's spirit continues to live on among tech users around the world and especially at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., where his office on the fourth floor remains exactly as he left it – right down to his name on the door, as reported by the Daily Mail.

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"He stood for innovation, for the simple, not the complex," said Cook in a PBS interview. "All of these things are still deep in our company."

Jobs, born in 1955, would later go on to become the face of digital disruption. From the PC to the iPod, from the iPhone to iPad, Jobs's work embodied a saying of his that's popping up across social media feeds today more often than usual:

"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything."

Jobs was fortunate to live out those words many times over the course of his life and career. Under his leadership, Apple churned out products that changed the way we read, write, think, communicate and consume digital media. It continues to do so today. Who knows, the company may eventually change the way we drive.

The Apple of today, which is valued at more than $750 billion, is a far cry from the small company that was sparked with the creation of the Apple I. Today we remember and honor Jobs's entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and passion for his work. Here are a few of the traits we miss the most:

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Charlie Babcock
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2/25/2015 | 3:55:14 PM
Not an unstinting admirer but like his wisdom
I am not an admirer of his tendency to denigrate the work of employees when he was unsure himself how to proceed. Perhaps it was necessary in with his complex personality. But I do have one of his sayings on my desk: "It's really clear the most precious resource we all have is time." 
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2/25/2015 | 9:33:35 AM
Re: Remembering Steve Jobs: Then and Now.
@ClassC Sometimes I also wonder what Apple would have produced by now if Jobs was still around. Even those who aren't Apple fans have to respect his innovation and the contributions he made to technology. Pretty inspiring
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2/25/2015 | 9:25:38 AM
Re: Team work VS ......
I'd agree. Collaboration is essential, but who picks the collaborators? Leadership is important to building and leading a team to develop products like Apple has. And where would the company be without strong leaders?
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2/24/2015 | 6:22:56 PM
Re: Team work VS ......
I can't agree with this point. Leadership matters a lot. There were good people at Apple when it was faultering, but it took Jobs to turn things around and give those people -- and new ones that Jobs brought in -- the vision that they needed to succeed. Collaboration is great, but without leadership, we're all lost.
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