I have this list:
1. Oprah Winfrey
2. Malcolm Gladwell
3. Steve Jobs
4. Mark Zuckerberg
5. Beyonce Knowles
6. Seth Godin
7. Will and Jada Smith
I'll stop at 7.
This list is of the people whose lives, and namely, style of entrepreneurship influence the way I run evierobbie media., and Nomad•ness today, as well as the vision and attack mode I have set up for the future.
I knew Steve was sick with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of the disease. Yet, and still, he helped to build and brand a mega media/software/computer/geek cult, of which I am a proud member (typing on a 1st generation Powerbook G4 now), Apple. Apple is not a line of products, especially not in NYC. Apple is a culture. Apple users have a distinct Apple-like attitude when it comes to their sh#!t.
Steve is number three on my list. This man's death, though impending, has put me in a space of sadness and inspiration at the same time. My stomach turns, not just with the thought of a loss this huge (a feeling I have not felt since Michael Jackson's death) but a burning fire is raging inside of me and I want to scream through airwaves, that the time is NOW for people to follow a passion and bring it to light. WE NEED YOU! WE NEED YOUR VISION! If Steve would have never blazed through failure after failure, we all would not know the triumph that is Apple today. Not one of us. How would your life be changed? How would the hip-hop culture be changed? That's where my head is at with this.
People, it is TIME to move forth and let fear take a back seat. We need the innovators. We need the one with the crazy ass idea, and just enough wreckless abandon, for them to tell everyone to step off and keep on trucking.
This feeling was brought up earlier today, in the Nomad•ness Travel Tribe, in which got so emotional, I had to walk away fron the computer. Tears started to well in my eyes because I am TIRED of people not going after their passions in life. To me, all these entrepreneurs listed above, all these humans, like you and me, believed enough to make pure magic. I intend to be on that list.
Thank you, Steve Jobs for your influence, your drive, your insanity, your vision, your spectacle, your humility, and your perseverance. You have, and will continue to shape everything I do.