Innovators Innovate Differently

Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs (NY Times Opinion):

Trained in Zen Buddhism, Mr. Jobs came to value experiential wisdom over empirical analysis. He didn’t study data or crunch numbers but like a pathfinder, he could sniff the winds and sense what lay ahead.

Bill Gates is super-smart, but Steve Jobs was super-ingenious. The primary distinction, I think, is the ability to apply creativity and aesthetic sensibilities to a challenge.

Like Mr. Jobs, Franklin enjoyed the concept of applied creativity — taking clever ideas and smart designs and applying them to useful devices.

We all think different.  Steve Jobs predicted and dictated consumer adoption with instinctive technologies; Bill Gates standardized software for the masses so we could all speak the same language.

Innovators innovate differently, each having profound impact on society as a whole.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.