Icons, Why They Will Never die

WHAT IS AN ICON NOWADAYS...?


According to the dictionary:

i·con/ˈīkän/

Noun:

  1. A painting of Christ or another holy figure, used as an aid to devotion in the Byzantine and other Eastern Churches.
  2. A person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something: "icon of manhood".

Synonyms:icon - image

A person, a thing. Well I stick with a person for now. Calvin Klein, Ford, Toyota, Edison and...

STEVE JOBS

Why he... or how he became an Icon? Is not that he wanted to... same thing with Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. What was the drive to be always passionate about perfection? And even be regarded as a mean Boss by employees? If You look at his Biography, beware and read well:

Steve was an adopted kid, meaning when he realized he was adopted; probably after five or six, right on time to start first grade school. He experienced the need to excel and be the best. If you go back 500 years, you will catch Leonardo Da vinci promising to him and to the world to prove that they were not here in vain. Leonardo was left by his dad, actually was raised by his mom who was a peasant and Leonardo resented his father who was a Wealthy Notary in Pizza. What went through the mind of these future Icons?

Steve was a drop out, Bill gates quit. Thomas Alva Edison Could not go back to first grade school in Huron Ohio. Leonardo was forbidden to do his dad's Job, since he was a 'bastard' and illegitimate children were not allowed to inherit fortune and his progenitor's profession. How about Mark Zuckerberg? You see a pattern?

Something really painful at times had to happen in their minds. We know Steve and we see him bettering an idea, going back to the creative Board, rejecting 10, 20 times a prototype. He was very passionate about the look of a product. He knew he was not like others. When he met Steve Wosniak, He convinced him to build or to make affordable the first personal computer... It was 1976. But remember also, 2 years before, he was in India experiencing changes.

Visionary and always ready to look for the next step in Technology( check his Keynotes announcements), Steve wanted to make sure that he didn't come to this world in Vain... He wanted his biological parents to feel, and be proud, and amazed. Leonardo was also the same way. His step brothers inherited his fathers' profession, but do you know any other brother that became as famous as him?

Thomas Alva Edison became an Entrepreneur, because he wanted his mother to be proud of him. She home schooled him since first grade and he made history. In order to finish his first light bulb in 1877, he had to try 750 filaments which would stand longer hours lighted for a feasible and commercial Innovation. The same pattern with Henry Ford, his mother died when he was 13 and he promised to be a better man to honor her name...and boy he did!

His father wanted him to be a farmer in the same tradition as his Irish Ancestors. Henry said, that "he was not born just to be a farmer", and he went to Detroit to become a Machinist and an Engineer; sure he came back to work on his dad's farm but this time on the Caterpillars of his time... there you go! Good start for a T model, right Henry?

Now history of Icons has a pattern. Just try to read Napoleon and Even Attila the wrath of God. Icons have a different breed or become one by nature. The fittest of the survival. Steve Jobs was different and his temper was a logical consequence of his thoughts. Michael Dell, from Dell computers said in 1997: 'Apple should be shut down and give back the shares to his stockholders. In 2006 Steve sent a memo to his Employees stating that, 'Team, As of today Apple's value has surpassed Dell's. It turned out that Michael wasn't good in predicting the future'.

Now back to Jean Jacques Rousseau, who's words are in our Constitution. His mother died when he was 7 days old and he blamed himself for it. His dad left him orphaned at age ten. What was left? The world and his mind. He was lucky in finding a second mother, the now famous madame de Warens, who paid the bills and took care of the future Philosopher, while he was reading book after book and eventually caught up with his immortality.

These are examples for us. They needed to feel a different state of mind and a desire to be the best. Look at Tom Cruise, diagnosed with dyslexia... Do you know any classmate from Glen ridge High..(here in New Jersey), that became more famous than Mr. Top Gun?

If Steve had been reading us, we know he would've said: 'boy, Lord, gee! I was so busy in my own projects that actually I never even thought of this food for thought!'

Wherever you are Steve. You were an example of innovation, courage and determination. If it wasn't for you... Gosh! the Internet wouldn't have been the same. Thanks to you I can check my email on my own sleek cell. Thanks to you I can take a picture and post it on my Facebook. My iPod is loaded with your favorite group: The Beatles. Thanks to you, Pixar made 'Toy Story' for my children( wonder if Andy was really you?).

Your life was not in vain man! Thanks and wherever you are up there... we all, the world and our kids thank you sincerely!!


“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself.”


“Write something different. Obituaries are for dead people.”

"I hate On and OFF buttons... life doesn't end that way"

STEVE JOBS

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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

There isn't much I can say to this :-) Steve Jobs was dedicated to his passion for technology and as you rightly said the world would not be what it is today with out his drive! Great people throughout history always leave a mark on this world, and how they do it is always the same... the dedicate themselves to their ideas and they solve the problems! Very nice tribute to Steve Jobs :-)


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks MYTHICALSTORM273,

Maybe Steve was reading us too. Prodigy kids are Unique and will be here to change our world. Hope kids learn a lesson in history and an example generations to come. Adversity can be overcome if we propose ourselves to do our best!

LORD


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Brandy Middaugh 5 years ago from San Antonio, Texas

Great article. I like the way you compare him to the some of the great thinkers of the world. It definitely was a great loss to us all. I wish I had just an drop of his genius mind. It's so sad that he had to be taken from this world before his time, but he made such great changes in this world during his time here that its something no on will ever forget. He goes down in history with the other great thinkers of our time.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...not so familiar with Mr.Jobs but LORD , now there's an icon!!!

lake erie time ontario canada 1:44am rated way way up and someone get Mr. Lord a gig at the Louvre and frame him.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Oh Epi, shhh! don't give it all away! pretty soon spielberg might knock our door and make an encounter of the infinitesimal kind! Kneel down and humbly receive our Lord's 'twist of fate'.

LORD


Firstiwe 5 years ago

R.I.P. Steve Jobs. He was really unsurpassed.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

deCross, a wonderful tribute, and some really great points of inspiration for all of us.

We don't have to be a product of our environment if we don't want to, and we never have to stop growing and learning as long as our ability to learn and grow is still intact.

I choose to keep climbing, but inspiration along the way makes for a much richer view.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Femmeflashpoint,

You are so right!! Everything you say adds to this piece of inspiration...be yourself, believe in yourself...keep on! move on! Get better, be the best!

Thanks for stopping by!

LORD


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carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

steve jobs is a genius!! don't now how apples going to cope up without him. He has been the face of apple for such a long time!!

carrie


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Hi Cardisa,

Steve was the way he was for a reason. He was chosen to be that creative and like you said, apple will not be the same...but remember Steve knew he was dying and, we don't know much but he gave directions and advice to the new CEO, to take care of his baby. His Biography is coming out next month and he told the biographer that he was authorizing it so his children would know about the real man behind the Empire.


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lyns 5 years ago from USA

This is truly one of many excellent hubs I have read, for once I am speechless, I thoroughly enjoyed this the history the relations, how you tied everything in together showing the meaning a then topped it off with gratitude, excellent that's all I can say, thank you so much for sharing, I gave this thumbs up, interesting, beautiful, amazing, although it's not there but it is. thanks again.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Lyns. please!

Are you the first publicly declared HP addicted Hubber? How can you read us all in less that 4 hours? Like Cagsil said, that would be impossible. I see you jumping all over like a cute pinkish little bunny...Talking about Halloween... lol! Thanks for the comment and the smile!

LORD


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

You have made some great comparisons here Lord. Talent and genius has often spawned from the less fortunate of our world. For reasons as you mentioned, many have come from adversity. I am able to express myself in my poetry only from what I have lived through in my past.

I see it clearly before me as I scribe and thus am able to lay it down. Like great artists, writers, musicians, politicians, orators, painters and statesmen. We have seen many come from soiled backgrounds, only to rise to the top and achieve and contribute great things to mankind and we become the benefactors of their genius. Thank you for sharing this iconic hub, much admire your talent and gifts. peace and blessings to you.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks Saddlerider1!

Even before the book was out..I knew Steve had a story to tell about his real dad, is coming out into pieces. Actually he met his real dad in no good terms...and got so mad at his dad's arrogance that he decided no to tell him that the guy who this Guy from Syria (his bilogical dad) was talking to Steve Jobs! When Steve Jobs was leaving his dad's restaurant...

Steve's real father said to his wife, "I wish I had son like this young man..he is into something." Steve's real mother knew it all and started crying, knowing that Her Syrian husband just met the son they gave to adoption..and to our every day life.

LORD


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Great Hub. Do you realize Whitney Houston is reportedly dead? Talk about an icon dying. She was 48 years old.

Fabulous read now if I could just take all my pain and make it into something?

JT


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Hi JT,

I wasn't aware about whitney Houston. I said on february the 1st...when Cornelius left, most likely two more will follow. Sad if true. You are funny. My coffee? I just write and you better write something about Barack-0. Thanls for making me smile. Right pinky?


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

I haven't gotten to Santorum yet. So you want me to write about politics again? I'll consider it when Barack has something substantive to say.

No coffee here. My BFF in college was Taiwan and the other was a seventh day adventist and they made me swear off coffee. I do miss it though. Another luxury the recession has killed for me.

Take good care my friend. Even when on break I still check out your work.

PS

My son has been sick and in the hospital so I have been out of the loop for a while plus I am doing field research.

JT


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

My prayers go to your son and your own recovery, and hope that field search ends with good results! Thsi Coffee was good...hmm!

LORD


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JT Walters 4 years ago from Florida

Thankls for the prayers and have a cup for me as I will not be able to have one for myself.

JT


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Sorry to hear that JT,

Will pray harder, since we have a little help from above in our daily deeds. Take care!

LORD

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