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Celebrating Life with Steve Jobs

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By MaryEllen Tribby

Mourning for Steve Jobs

“Why are you crying Mommy?” Connor asked while I spoke with him on the phone Wednesday evening. “Steve Jobs passed away,” I softly replied.

My sensitive 10-year-old son simply said, “I’m sorry Mommy, I know how much you thought of him. But try to remember all the good things he did and how many people he helped.”

Wow – Connor nailed it on the head!

Yes, we are so sad for the passing of a man s CEOs’ of our time. He was the one person that I tried to emulate in business. He was one of the three people (excluding my family) that I spoke about or referenced on a daily basis because of the influence he had on my professional and personal life.

So I took Connor’s advice; I gave myself time to be sad and mourn and then I thought of all the wonderful blessings that came from Steve Jobs.

Life with Steve Jobs

Just two days prior to Steve Jobs’ passing I held my brand new Mastermind Group with Ryan Deiss and Perry Belcher. Now keep in mind that in this room were 43 of the smartest people working online today! And as we looked around the horseshoe shaped table, we commented on the fact that 40 Macs were plugged into the outlets and only 3 PC’s.

This simple observation started the conversation in the room. Now remember, we were all there to talk about how to make our businesses stronger, and we spent that first hour of our valuable time together discussing the superiority of Apple products and trying to get the three last hold outs to make the switch.

Think about this for a moment – every single person in that room bills out for at least $2,000 an hour for personalized coaching. Which means we spent about $86,000 worth of time talking about Apple and Steve Jobs the day BEFORE his passing.

When thinking about this alone in my hotel room Wednesday evening, I thought it was ironic that this conversation took place. But then I thought, it’s not ironic at all. After all, if I referenced Steve everyday, it makes perfectly good sense that so many other smart folks did as well.

The reality is business is much easier to do today because of the wonderful world of Apple.Steve Jobs 300x295 Celebrating Life with Steve Jobs

Working Moms Only & Steve Jobs

When I started Working Moms Only just 20 months ago I did so with my MacBook Pro and my iPhone. That was it – that was the only tech equipment I owned.

I did not have an office full of employees with bulky computers, printers, scanners, copying machines, faxes and servicers. I did not have an IT specialist or a hardware and software team.

It was just me and my Mac!

Who is Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ innovation, vision and quest for excellence allowed me to start a real business out of my home and grow it into one of the most respected and profitable online businesses in our industry, while being one of the most technically inept people on the planet.

Because of Steve Jobs– my complete fear of technology disappeared. He knew that technology would make or break a business and that by making it easy for entrepreneurs, it would lead to explosive growth.

But his business contribution was just a small piece. His greatest accomplishment was connecting people all over the world.

When I made the decision to partner with Ryan Deiss and merge Working Moms only into Idea Incubator, my commuting schedule was pretty intense.

You see, my husband and I made the decision to move to Austin, but we wanted to wait until the kids finished their school year before we did. So, from February to June, I commuted from Boca Raton, Fl to Austin, TX each week.

Truth be told, it was tough on all of us.

However, because of my IPhone, I was able to see and speak with my kids each day and night, which made it so much more bearable. By having my oldest daughter Mikaela videoing my son’s baseball games and then text them over to me, it made me feel like I was right there with them. By reading bedtime stories to Delanie my 6 year old via Skype on my Mac, I made her feel like I was tucking her in at night.  By texting Mikaela before a big test to say “good luck” and “I love you,” I helped her maintain her straight A status at school.

Because of Steve Jobs our family remained an intact and loving unit, connected and secure, during what could have been a very stressful period.

Over my lifetime I have had the honor of meeting so many smart, compassionate and successful people in so many different circles.

Never in my lifetime has there been a person I wanted to meet more. I am so sorry I did not have the honor of meeting Mr. Jobs in person, but am so incredible grateful for the impact he has made on my life and the lives of my children.

My favorite quote from Steve Jobs is as follows:

“Your 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 other’s 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.”

I strive to live this everyday and it is my wish to you dear reader that you do the same.