If You Want More Jobs, Look to Steve Jobs

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by Simon Black: Look
What I Got for Three Hours, Six Security Checkpoints, and $82…

undoubtedly heard by now that Steve Jobs passed away yesterday after
a long battle with cancer; it’s been all over the news with
wall-to-wall coverage, and iCandle vigils have sprung up all over
the world. Jobs is being remembered as a pioneer, a technological
revolutionary, a visionary. Rightfully so.

But it’s
important to give credit where credit is due, and the world owes
a tremendous debt to Steve Jobs for something else. He was perhaps
the greatest living example of ‘philanthropy’ in action.

While people
like Warren Buffet are pleading with the government to raise their
taxes and give away their wealth to sycophantic bureaucrats, Jobs
showed time and time again that the best way to improve people’s
lives is to create value and be productive.

Steve Jobs
was one of the most productive human beings to have ever lived;
he started several successful companies which directly employed
tens of thousands of people. Indirectly, his businesses improved
the livelihoods of millions across the globe, from Chinese factory
workers to iPhone app programmers to Apple shareholders.

In building
an empire and unimaginable wealth for himself, Steve Jobs enriched
the lives and livelihoods of others by creating value. Not by forced
redistribution. Not by giving things away. By creating value.

just as I write this I am watching President Obama on Bloomberg
Television trying to explain how many jobs his new plan will create
– 1.9 million in his estimate:

just going to keep on going at it and hammering away… until…
something gets done. I would love to see nothing more than Congres
act… so aggressively.”

would do themselves and their constituents a great service by comparing
their own track record for enriching people’s lives against
Steve Jobs’ performance, and then kindly stepping out of the
way. The path to prosperity is not paved in votes, but rather in
freedom: the freedom to create, produce, risk work hard… and
be rewarded for your efforts.

If you have
the time, I’d encourage you to take a few minutes and read
some of Jobs’ own words; there are boundless sources online
that will praise his creativity, drive, and intellect, but perhaps
no one is better suited to explain Steve Jobs than the man himself.

Below I’ve
pasted in some key quotes taken from his 2005
Stanford commencement address
, and an old 1985 interview with
Playboy magazine that the folks at Zero
dug up. Enjoy.

Jobs on -not-
following the crowd:

time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s
life. Don’t be trapped by dogma– which is living with
the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the
noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And
most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything
else is secondary.”

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