I didnt even know who Steve Jobs was until a year ago, when I began seriously looking at the iMacs and then because of his name sounding familiar from that, I started watching his AllThingsDigital visits on Youtube (and then later iTunes when I realized they were there, too). I stumbled across those Youtube postings while watching videos of other influential business leaders (Carl Ichan, Trump, Warren Buffet, others...) for a little inspiration now and then when I needed it. Even now, after listening to his audiobook (twice, as I've been driving a lot lately) I can see that he was human, and had his flaws, but the level of optimisim, creativity, and resourcefulness he operated with has been a constant inspiriation to me over the last few months. Just to see the level of perfection he achieved with the products (just the part of the first iPhone launch, where he showed all the cool current "smartphones" and then after he unveieled and demonstrated the iPhone, when they again showed the earlier picture of the other "smartphones", people actually LAUGHED at what they considered an advanced phone just minutes earlier... that was my FAVORITE moment) this all inspires me (I work in product development, but in another field) to aim so much higher than I do, and to think more outside the box, and to assume so much more is possible than I do. Sure, he was human, sure he made mistakes, but it's fair to say he's become one of the biggest influences in my professional career, the way I approach problems, hurdles, and opportunities. A true mentor, and I never even met him. I'm so glad for the internet, where we can absorb good things from some of the greatest minds of our generation that we wouldn't have otherwise had contact with. And to think, that's the man and his work and his life- and I'm only now just starting to learn and use the Apple products... I'm sure my appreciation for his work will only grow.